Sound Off: Tell Us What You Think About Beyonce’s Skin Tone In Promotional Photo

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – When is Beyonce not Beyonce?

A new promotional image of the singer is raising eyebrows.

The sultry superstar and Jay-Z recently welcomed their new baby Blue Ivy, but its another color that’s at issue.

Her skin tone appears very pale in the image on the homepage of her website. It’s not clear whether the effect was achieved through lighting, makeup, or the use of image manipulation software.

Leaving aside the issue of her skin tone, there are those who think she doesn’t look like herself at all, instead resembling pop star Rhianna.

Take a look at it and tell us what you think. Is this just another glamor shot, or is it sending a message to her fans? If so, what message do you think it sends? Judge for yourself and sound off in our comments section.

Here’s Beyonce in 2011:

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(credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Here’s the Beyonce image just released in 2012:

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(credit: beyonceonline.com)

D. Channsin Berry the producer of, Dark Girls, a documentary that focuses on the self esteem issues faced by young black women says that the photo sends the wrong message.

“It sends a horrible message to little girls who are darker in any culture,” she said. “They may be Beyonce fans who say I want to be like Beyonce. Mommy I want to look like Beyonce.”

But, do we ask the same questions when an Italian-American with dark hair by the name of Lady Gaga dyes her hair blonde? Or when the rock band Kiss dresses up like Japanese Kabuki Dancers?

Is this just a case of an artist being an artist. Dominique Sharpton of the National Action Network seems to think so.

“I feel if Beyonce comes out in pink hair, blue hair, it shouldn’t matter. That’s Beyonce and that’s what she’s doing. That’s who she is,” she said.

Whoever Beyonce chooses to be, one thing is certain. She is a celebrity whose every move is critiqued, and a role model for many.

Sound off in our comments section below.

Comments

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  1. Lisa says:

    Isn’t it interesting how black people want to be light so they bleach their skin and white people want to be dark so they go tanning.

  2. NYCChica says:

    It’s shame that Hollywood and other media still push women to deny their natural beauty and create such an extreme artificial version of themselves. What is wrong with being dark, light, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, blonde, brunette, a redhead, short, tall, etc…? It drives me crazy that the more successful a woman becomes in Hollywood the blonder and paler they become. (I prefer using these terms instead of “whiter” because not all white women are blonde and/or pale.) There is nothing wrong with highlighting your best features with makeup or well-fitted clothing, but changing your natural coloring to such extremes shows that you are not strong and confident enough to believe that you are beautiful and valuable just as you are.

  3. Mr. Ned says:

    Beyonce has made a terrible decision for her to give her consent to have an album cover to resemble that of a white looking woman. This album cover could have been a way of Beyonce showing the world of the natural beauty of black women in non-light skinned tones.Yet she has done the reverse and tells the world that she is actually ashamed of being a black female. I think there will be a backlash against Beyonce that will be seen in album sales.

  4. K Y Belley says:

    In the world of digital photoshop anyone can be anything.
    An international company is at 28th street and Broadway in NYC that makes
    African’s lighter as a business with chemicals on the other hand”Hollywood” tanning salons’s make white people darker.

  5. Do hate DOT says:

    HERE WE GO AGAIN, ANOTHER M.J ( MICHEAL JACKSON )

  6. susan says:

    A VERY “SHALLOW” ARTICLE DONT YOU THINK? I AM NOT A BEYONCE FAN, SO I DONT REALLY CARE THAT MUCH..BLACK WOMEN IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TRY VERY HARD TO LOOK LIGHTER SKINNED (AS IS HALLE BERRY)AND THEY STRAIGHTEN AND LIGHTEN THEIR HAIR TO REDDISH BROWN OR BLONDE TONES..IT IS JUST SEEMINGLY MORE ACCEPTABLE FOR BLACK WOMEN TO LOOK THIS WAY..BLACK MEN DONT SEEM TO CARE THAT MUCH..THE PICTURES DO APPEAR TO BE AIR BRUSHED OR PHOT SHOPPED OR WHATEVER SO SHE IS VERY LIGHT AND THE SKIN PERFECT…

  7. Charles says:

    Newt is trying to become President, God forbid. Aren’t there more important things to focus on?

  8. Whitey says:

    I wish black women would be more natural and not try to look so white ….I see very pretty black women that don’t go natural with their looks , As a male white man it’s very frustrating

  9. if... says:

    …this was a white woman doing the reverse the outcry would be enormous. but this woman gets away with murder. how about the blond hair? huh?

  10. brooklyn4ever says:

    Aah, airbrushing! Ain’t it grand.

  11. Patrick Dillon says:

    Oh for Crying out loud… she’s a woman! Women aren’t that tall (they wear high heels), their faces don’t look like that (they wear makeup). That’s not their real hair color either.
    So her skin is a little lighter, big deal. She’s a beautiful woman… let her have a little fun.

  12. Amazed says:

    Four legs good, two legs bad!

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