When people learned that Beyonce was named People’s most beautiful woman in the world, many folks were split into a few camps: the overjoyed stans, the Bey haters, those who couldn’t care less, and those of us who felt that Bey topping the list was long overdue. Not because she’s actually THE most beautiful person in the world (how can anyone know for sure?), but because the list is basically a popularity contest, and love her or hate her, Bey has “ruled the (pop) world” for a few years now. But when I saw a few of the spread’s photos…well, then I knew there was a problem.

Let me set a few things straight first: Yes, I understand People, despite its name, is geared toward a mainstream (read: white) audience, so picking Bey as “the most beautiful” woman as opposed to, say, Kerry Washington, was inevitable. And while I wish they’d also include  “browner” women on the cover, I do think Beyonce gracing the oft-very-white cover is a good move. But while I appreciate her inclusion, I don’t appreciate the photogs & retouchers making her look like a white woman. I mean, come on.

Whether you think Beyonce is black or not (I’ve never debated this, to me, she’s black), when the world sees her…they see a black woman–topping the charts, strolling through NYC with her baby, and cuddling up to her husband and enjoying the game. But the People mag photos have seemed to taking out one of her key elements: her color.

I’m not sure what they were thinking (perhaps selling more covers?), but not only does this particular picture of Bey look amazing pale (yes, she’s light-skinned, but she has color, c’mon), but her lips look awkward (non-existent?) and the picture they  chose just makes her look…odd.

What’s not in doubt is that Beyonce is a beautiful woman; she’s an absolute stunner. Hailing her as “the most beautiful woman in the world” and then making her look very, very strange doesn’t seem like much of an honor to me. Bey deserved better than a picture that did little to tout her beauty.

C’mon People, is this really the best you’ve got?

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  1. If she had worn some color on her lips, she wouldn’t have looked such a hot mess, but I thought there was another picture of her with a dress on that is on the cover. She does look much better and darker on that picture. I think here it is the lighting. I think Beyonce is kind of pale, but that hair and no color on the lips just makes her looked washed out. I don’t know when and why she decided this look was cute. It’s supposed to be that natural look, but when you see her hair, it just makes it all fake.

    It’s the thin, pale, lips that make this picture look so bad. She should have at least smiled.

  2. angela

    “Whether you think Beyonce is black or not (I’ve never debated this, to me, she’s black),”

    I wasn’t even aware this was up for a discussion.

  3. Clearly, you haven’t seen Beyonce in person. She’s not a dark-skinned woman, never has been and never will be. Do we not see how light her mother, sister, and nephew are? However, she is a black woman and I, another black woman, am proud to see this hard-working, successful, humble BLACK beauty on the cover of a mag that’s only had one other black woman listed as “most beautiful.” Granted, there is no one person who is most beautiful on Earth; we simply could never narrow it down to one person. But I am sick of the black community and these ignorant rants about light-skin/dark-skin foolishness. Get over the insecurities and unite together as black women supporting black women.

    • Exactly @J…. but dont waste your breathe on the insecure and jealous.

    • tisme

      Only accept Beyonce is NOT black but mixed.She said so.Beyonce is a representation/imitation of white women and their beauty.

      Here’s where she says that she’s mixed

      Stating the obvious doesn’t make anyone a hater.it just means they’re honest.Beyonce is not black.Neither is her mother.Her and her sister represent multiracial women.Not black women.

    • tisme