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Monday, November 23, 2015

Beyoncé African Queen Inspired Fashion L'Officiel Paris

Iconic French luxury and fashion Magazine, L'Officiel Paris chose the American diva Beyoncé to wear different colorful outfits and headpieces in a nod to Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti in an African Queen themed 90th anniversary issue. 




While many fell in love with the fashion spread, controversy on the use of black face that darkened Beyoncé skin to depict an African Queen was concerned racist by some and stylist’s creative license by others. The fashion magazine L'Officiel Paris celebrated its 90th birthday in 2011 and to celebrate this anniversary, the festivities start with the March issue, with Beyoncé on the cover. Beyoncé posed for the magazine L'Officiel Paris in over the top fashion designer clothes as a return to her African roots.

Beyoncé was inspired to do the L'Officiel Paris photo shoot after watching the Broadway play Fela!,
While many fell in love with the fashion spread, some believe the L'Officiciel stylist’s creative license is artfully used while others considered the use of black face that darkened Beyoncé skin to depict an African Queen racist. "The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season," the magazine said in a statement. "As for the artistic make-up, the inspiration came from several African rituals during which paint is used on the face. “We find the images beautiful and inspiring," the editors said, defending their decision.

Beyoncé posed for the magazine L'Officiel Paris in over the top fashion designer clothes as a return to her African roots.Beyoncé was inspired to do the L'Officiel Paris photo shoot after watching the Broadway play “Fela!,” based on the life and music of the Nigerian bandleader and political rebel Fela Kuti. In Africa, Fela Kuti, who died at the age of 58 in 1985 from complications of AIDS, is a figure to rival Bob Marley as both a musical innovator and a symbol of political and social resistance. Afrobeat, the style he forged in the early 1970s, combined African rhythms and messages with the jazz and funk.

Below is L'Officiel 90th anniversary Beyoncé African Queen inspired fashion shoot inspired by Nigerian bandleader and political rebel Fela Kuti.




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