NEW YORK (AP) - Cosmetics giant L'Oreal is denying it lightened
Beyonce's skin tone in an ad.
The ad is in the September issues of Elle, Allure and Essence on
it created a stir after it was pointed out yesterday by
celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.
TMZ's post showed side-by-side photos comparing the ad with a
photo of Beyonce with noticeably darker skin.
Paris-based L'Oreal issued a statement to the Associated Press
through the singer's representative. It says "We highly value our
relationship with Ms. Knowles. It is categorically untrue that
L'OrDeal Paris altered Ms. Knowles' features or skin tone in the
campaign for Feria hair color."
A representative for Houston-native Beyonce said the singer
would have no comment beyond L'Oreal's statement.
As the maker of Garnier hair care and Lancome cosmetics, L'Oreal
is the world's largest cosmetics maker.
Beyonce has been a spokeswoman for L'OrDeal since 2001.
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