Beyoncé sports black face for photo shoot

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February 24, 2011 – Beyoncé acknowledges her roots in L’Officiel Paris’ 90th anniversary issue by wearing various African-inspired clothing. But did she go too far by voluntarily darkening her face for the shoot?

There’s been no word yet from the Grammy winner herself, who reportedly used the photo shoot to also pay tribute to the late African musician-activist Fela Kuti. But the magazine is defending the spread.

“The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season,” the magazine says 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.”

Inspiring or infuriating? The jury’s still out.

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  • Kimathi

    Thats very infuriating i don`t where people got the idea that we wore leopard skin just like i personally don`t like the picture

  • Apache

    What a refreshing piece of article with rich advise for young and old graduates alike. it is true the job market is changing rapidly, I have personally experienced this ’employment metamorphosis’ and am enjoying every bit of entrepreneurship of course with numerous challenges. Cheers

  • Paul Minks

    Interesting observation – “This may sadly be so in a world synonymous with economic meltdowns, bankruptcies, redundancies, retrenchments and many other forces of instability.”
    A lot of the same was said during the great depression between 1929 and 1934 and yet the global economy was able to recover and flourish albeit with the aid of the military industrial complex during the second world war. Not everyone possesses the ability to be an entrepreneur, not everyone is going to be a Steve Jobs, a Mark Zuckerberg or an Aliko Dangote. Those businesses that you advocate for will depend on human resources in order to thrive and therein lies the quagmire. If we are all entrepreneurs, who works for us. 

    Respectfully, 
    A serial entrepreneur and angel investor.  

  • Mwangi

    Paul Minks!
    You do not need to be worried about your human resource. Just ensure that you hire  ‘Intrapreneurs’ as advocated in the main article.They will implement your policies and strategies just like they are co-owners of the business.

  • Camaradavili

    loved it….shows that education is a right, as well as a personal obligation….rather than a means of making virtual ends meet. 

  • Camaradavili

    loved it….shows that education is a right, as well as a personal obligation….rather than a means of making virtual ends meet. 

  • Liz Thogori

    But you must agree that an educated mind is a necessity in any setting and in this fast evolving society we live in.I’ve seen and established that there is a huge difference between those who are educated and those who arent; it is all in the RATIONALE- a key ingredient in mere livelihood!! Self- employed or employed need an education however simple to be able to run their respective institutions.. I stand corrected though.

  • Mwangi

    Liz!
    I cant agree more. Self Employment or entrepreneurship is for everybody. The level of Education does not matter. But, the higher the level of Education, the higher is the level of reasoning.The article at hand guides us on getting knowledge that can be applied to real life rather than just acquiring certificates ( I dare say minus knowledge), whose purpose is mainly to enable us secure formal employment.

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