L'Oreal Denies Whitening Beyonce's Skin

08/08/2008 at 08:53 AM ET

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Cosmetics company L’Oreal denied that it lightened Beyonce‘s skin tone for an ad — after gossip-site tmz.com posted comparison pictures of Knowles promoting Feria looking noticably paler and lighter than usual. “We highly value our relationship with Ms. Knowles. It is categorically untrue that L’Oreal Paris altered Ms. Knowles’ features or skin tone in the campaign for Feria hair color,” the Paris-based company said in a statement to the Associated Press. Knowles’ representative declined further comment — the singer has been a face of L’Oreal since 2001. Tell us: What do you think of the ads?Caris Davis

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Natalie on

I think she’s gorgeous in both pictures. I don’t know what the benefit to lightening her skin would be. I agree with the other poster that lighting and her hair color likely made a difference.

Cari on

She is darker in the first pic because she clearly has bronzer on or a tan. She is NOT usually that dark. The picture on the right looks like her regular tone to me if you account for some variation because of lighting to highlight her hair. This is a nonstory. Check out this candid shot.

Marie on

Notice the tan line in the left picture along the bust line. She could just have a tan in the left picture. Give me a break, is this really important?

anon on

I don’t think they altered her skin color – just that the lighting and so on makes it appear lighter. I think the lighter color looks a bit unnatural on her, though. Her natural coloring is beautiful, and I think they should have gone for that a bit more. But Beyonce is beautiful either way.

Miranda on

In the photo where Beyonce is wearing the green dress/shirt she looks very tanned. If you refer to past photos of Beyonce her skin is not that dark. Maybe she went for the darker hair color because of her tanned skin. Both photos are beautiful.

es ME on

Photos alway get airbrushed to perfection (her skin is probably great anyways, but every one has a dark circle or blemish – no one is FLAWLESS), that’s just the nature of the industry. We all know that. But they didn’t lighten her SKIN TONE. A: No need and B: They wouldn’t risk their reputation.

Agreed a non-story.

Nicole on

If she is like my interracial child, she goes from white in the winter to five shades darker in the summer.

di on

Photoshop can lighten her skin without the help of cosmetics. No doubt the color of her hair and skin are not the same in these pics. She has “refined” her looks over the years and the end result has been significantly more generic and less ethnic yet still quite lovely.

Courtney on

I think its just the airbrushing…it wasnt on direct purpose….who cares?

krissy on

in the end…is it really all that big a deal? I am sure if it was B’s rep. would have made some comment, but the fact that THEY aren’t worried about means that we shouldn’t be either…in the end she still gets paid and people will still buy the product. This just shows how no one really has anything of substance to report on so the most un-important “issue” becomes and Issue…ya dig?

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