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Beyonce’s L’Officiel Paris March 2011 Fela Kuti Photo Tribute

February 26, 2011

By now you already seen the controversial blackface Beyonce Knowles sported for her Fela Kuti tribute for L’Officiel Paris, a French fashion magazine. I think what inspired Beyonce to do this is because her husband Jay-Z served as the executive producer to the hit Broadway production, Fela on Broadway! Beyonce has said that his music will inspired the sound of her follow-up to I Am..Sasha Fierce! She also appeared on the Swizz Beatz mixtape on the remix of Get Me Bodied using a hip Fela Kuti-infused beat. It’s no wonder Beyonce’s got caught by the Fela Kuti fever!


Beyonce Knowles posed in not only in the controversial blackface but in several African traditional garments for a editorial spread for French style publication, L’Officiel Paris in celebration of their 90th anniversary. She wore looks from VLISCO and rock a purple gele like a proud African woman! For the cover Beyonce wore a Gucci Spring 2011 gold sequin flapper-inspired dress.

The Fashion magazine is about to celebrate its 90th for the Paris birthday. To celebrathe this anniversary, the festivities start with the March issue, with Beyoncé on the cover. She agreed to pose for an incredible fashion shoot, with the theme of African Queen, paying a tribute to the legendary Fela Kuti (a political singer who died in 1997). Far from the glamourous 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. All the pictures will be available in the collector edition, on sell at the end of this month.“

The French fashion publication has since disputed the blackface uproar via this statement: “As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face.” The magazine claimed that they wanted to showcase Africa’s influence on fashion for their special 90th anniversary edition. Do you agree?

Beyonce L’Officiel Paris March 2011


Get Me Bodied Fela Kuti remix

Fela on Broadway at the 2010 Tony Awards

Related: Experts React To Beyonce’s Blackface Photoshoot //Beyonce Under Fire For Blackface Photos

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