French magazine, L’Officiel, will celebrate its 90th birthday by having Beyonce Knowles grace their March 2011 cover. The 29 year old pop diva agreed to pose for an incredible “African Queen” themed photo shoot in which she donned costumes in tribute to African musician/activist, Fela Kuti. Beyonce voluntarily allowed her skin to be darkened, a move I’m sure won’t sit well with Americans; however, the magazine called it a return to the singer’s African roots.
In contrast to the image above, the cover featuring Beyonce seemed to have swung the other way. Beyonce is almost unrecognizable to me, as her skin color has once again been manipulated by magazine editors so as not to offend their mostly white female audience.
Update: Check out a preview of the photo shoot here.