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Beyoncé's skin darkened for fashion shoot

Beyoncé's recent photo shoot for French fashion publication, L'Officiel Paris, has caused a lot of controversy.

A behind-the-scenes video shows the 'Crazy In Love' singer pose in a variety of outfits and headpieces, but also depicts her with significantly darker skin. L'Officiel released a statement on Beyoncé's image, that read:

"Far from the glamorous Sasha Fierce [Beyonce's alter-ego], the beauty posed for the magazine with amazing fashion designers' clothes, but also in a dress created by her mother,"

"A return to her African roots, as you can see in the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened. All the pictures will be available in the collector edition, on sale at the end of this month." 

The vocal superstar will be returning to the UK later this year to headline Glastonbury Festival, and you can watch footage from the controversial magazine photo shoot here: