When people learned that Beyonce was named People’s most beautiful woman in the world, many folks were split into a few camps: the overjoyed stans, the Bey haters, those who couldn’t care less, and those of us who felt that Bey topping the list was long overdue. Not because she’s actually THE most beautiful person in the world (how can anyone know for sure?), but because the list is basically a popularity contest, and love her or hate her, Bey has “ruled the (pop) world” for a few years now. But when I saw a few of the spread’s photos…well, then I knew there was a problem.

Let me set a few things straight first: Yes, I understand People, despite its name, is geared toward a mainstream (read: white) audience, so picking Bey as “the most beautiful” woman as opposed to, say, Kerry Washington, was inevitable. And while I wish they’d also include  “browner” women on the cover, I do think Beyonce gracing the oft-very-white cover is a good move. But while I appreciate her inclusion, I don’t appreciate the photogs & retouchers making her look like a white woman. I mean, come on.

Whether you think Beyonce is black or not (I’ve never debated this, to me, she’s black), when the world sees her…they see a black woman–topping the charts, strolling through NYC with her baby, and cuddling up to her husband and enjoying the game. But the People mag photos have seemed to taking out one of her key elements: her color.

I’m not sure what they were thinking (perhaps selling more covers?), but not only does this particular picture of Bey look amazing pale (yes, she’s light-skinned, but she has color, c’mon), but her lips look awkward (non-existent?) and the picture they  chose just makes her look…odd.

What’s not in doubt is that Beyonce is a beautiful woman; she’s an absolute stunner. Hailing her as “the most beautiful woman in the world” and then making her look very, very strange doesn’t seem like much of an honor to me. Bey deserved better than a picture that did little to tout her beauty.

C’mon People, is this really the best you’ve got?

  • Pat

    I’m sorry, but that’s the worst pic I have seen of Beyonce. She looks like a computerized 3D person. They should have hired the photog who did her shoot for Dream Girls. Those shots were just stunning.

  • cocochanel31

    Not trying to be funny but Beyonce really is pale in real life. I have seen her at an awards show and even in pics of her walking NYC without makeup and she is very pale! She is the color of her mama! There is no denying her blackness has anyone seen her daddy?????

    I agree that the above pic looks weird with the ashy and cracked looking lips..but color wise she is light, bright , damn near white! Come on now, black people come in all shaded and colors..I have black friends lighter than her! I have more problem with her in that hair commercial naming all the ethnicities she is mixed with instead of saying she is black than I have problems with this picture.

  • CurlySue

    Ugh, she looks like a muppet in this picture. That pale, pale pink lipgloss completely erases her lovely lips and she looks like she’s in pain. No bueno.

  • MC

    I don’t think anyone questions beyonce’s blackness, it’s not like light skin black folks are an anomoly. If anyone does question it, it’s because of photos like the one up top. Look at her sister solange..no one is questioning her blackness, could it be because she’s not trying to look like an imitation white woman hmmm..

  • PeeWee

    LMAO @ her looking like a muppet!

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