Beyonce’s skin lightened Glamour shoot

February 19, 2011

Beyonce’s skin lightened Glamour shoot

No sooner had I written a rather fleeting post about the issue of fair skin and the beauty myth, that a huge can of worms was being opened Stateside. Yep, I’m talking about Beyonce’s skin lightened photoshoot.
A picture of Beyonce emerged with what appeared to be a lightened skin tone.  No sooner had this shot of a bleach blonde Beyonce hit the picture desk that newspaper columnists and bloggers alike resigned to their laptops to take the moral high ground and chastise the R’n’B megastar for going against her roots.
I am not going to join the effigy brigade as I simply cannot say whether or not she has had anything done to lighten her skin.
I’m not a dermatologist.  Her skin appears lighter, however, if you look at early videos of Destiny’s Child on You tube, her skin seemed lighter back then. It was only when she went solo that she began to look more tanned and golden.

Who says fair is beautiful?

Besides, what could Beyonce, who is considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful women, have had done?  Why would she want lighter skin?
Many mixed-race people, and Asians for that matter, say that their skin does get lighter during the winter.  So maybe the star is in need of a sunny holiday?  This may seem unlikely, but until we know for sure, it’s not fair for accusing Beyonce of betraying her heritage.  While in a world of skinny celebs, Beyonce has embraced her curves, only slimming down for a film role, before getting back to her usual, bootylicious self.
And here’s a controversial point – suppose Beyonce had lightened her skin, is this any different to Jordan or Cheryl Cole going on a sunbed or slapping on the fake tan to get a Mediterranean glow?  Are they betraying their culture?
At the same time, I don’t know a single Asian girl who would say they would like their skin to be darker.  This may not be right, but centuries of culture have meant that many do still think that fair is beautiful, while in the western culture, it seems to be the other way round.  Strange, but that’s just the way it is.  Now there’s another can of worms.

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