Pictures of Beyonce Knowles's African-Inspired L'Officiel Issue

Beyoncé Knowles Ruffles Feathers With Her African-Inspired L'Officiel Cover

Pictures of Beyonce Knowles's African-Inspired L'Officiel Issue

Beyoncé Knowles donned a gold Gucci number for the March cover of France's L'Officiel, which was a special issue honoring the magazine's 90th year in print. To mark the occasion, Beyonce posed for an Africa- and Fela Kuti-themed spread. It wasn't the clothes that has ruffled the feathers of some fans, though, but rather the artistic decision to change the color of Beyoncé's skin with makeup. The publisher's statement accompanying the issue read, "Far from the glamorous Sasha Fierce, the beauty posed for the magazine with amazing fashion designers' clothes, but also in a dress created by her mother. . . a return to her African roots, as you can see on the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened." It's a rare moment of controversy for the star, who has been busy lately catching up with her girlfriends and spending time with her husband Jay-Z.

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