Beyonce Draws Criticism For New Promotional Pic For Her Album '4' That Shows Her With Much Lighter Skin [Photos]


If you hardly recognize Beyonce in the new promo picture for her latest album '4' you're not alone. The singer is drawing criticism for the photo that shows her with skin a few shades lighter than she actually is.


The singer was also accused of something similar when she appeared in a 2008 ad for Loreal.



"It’s like, Again? Are we here again? I think in a lot of ways shes culpable because there’s history there," Lincoln Anthony Blades, founder of told the New York Daily News. "She's not saying explicitly you have to lighten your skin, but it does carry that inherent message,"



The controversial new photo shows a blonde Beyonce reclining on a leopard-print couch wearing a black knit monokini. If her name wasn't prominently displayed on the picture you might not know it was her. Some argue that her lighter than normal complexion in the picture could be the result of bright lighting.


Beyonce seen left in July 2011, and right seen shopping in Los Angeles in February of the same year


Beyonce also drew criticism for a 2011 photograph that showed her out shopping in Los Angeles. In that picture she also looked much lighter than normal.


Writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said at the time that the singer was causing harm to the self esteem of black and Asian kids.


"Too many black and Asian children grow up understanding the sad truth that to have dark skin is to be somehow inferior," Yasmin wrote in the Daily Mail. "Of course, black and Asian parents work hard to give their children a positive self-image and confidence in their appearance, despite the cultural forces stacked against them. "But when black celebrities appear to deny their heritage by trying to make themselves look white, I despair for the youngsters who see those images."

Is this a big deal about nothing? Or should Beyonce make sure this doesn't happen in future photographs?

Pics from the Daily Mail



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Comment by Joseph Reyes on January 19, 2012 at 1:36am
her hair looks like HellBoy's cuttoff horns. Controversy sells!!! When ur greed for monee makes u do any action to result in more pub. Y not? It got all media attention!!!
Comment by BuckDat on January 18, 2012 at 11:40am
Wait, we're supposed to believe EVERY one of those pics just happened to be lighting that made her lighter? Please. And we already know that stuff is done in the industry. There's been people who've admitted that they've done that kind of work for magazines and Ads.
Also, Asians aren't JUST Chinese and Japanese people. (To whoever said Asians are light-skinned.) Some of the darkest people you'll ever see come from all over Southeast Asia and India. Where most Muslims of the world are.
Comment by MissLadyChantel the FeMC on January 18, 2012 at 10:46am
I took no offense... Bey is NATURALLY a lighter tone. Factor in lighting make-up and sun. Look at ppl that go to prison, for a while and come back visible tones lighter. We don't say they're "DENYING their heritage." C'mon ppl! smh. Yall are ignorant >and< she doesn't even look white! Light skinned, but not white, smh. =))
Comment by T- Make it rain €€€€€€€ on January 18, 2012 at 6:31am
stupid b****!
Comment by N.Y. Finest on January 17, 2012 at 9:55pm
you gusy do realize that you can fix lighting NOT to do that right? ;p
Comment by Jullsan on January 17, 2012 at 8:45pm
Lighting, lightning whatever. You understood what I meant. F*****!!
Comment by jesus on January 17, 2012 at 7:14pm
men thats that devil s*** men word up yall think yall no her men yall dnt noe s*** untill u sell ur soul to the devil this b**** shes ight tho i fuckes with her but lolz she did that for reasons
Comment by AVITY on January 17, 2012 at 6:47pm
Whatever Beyonce does its her life,her choices & her freedom..Why do people turn so judgemental over someone's freedom of choice..WTF with this world these days lmfao..!!
Comment by coggy on January 17, 2012 at 6:20pm
when some black celebs have money they forget who they are but when their broke then reality will hit them in the face.
Comment by Jon Ryder on January 17, 2012 at 6:17pm
Id like to fill her with white...critics can talk about that. #SorryJay

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