Beyonce's mother steps in over 'skin lightening' accusations

By John Mercury November 29, 2023

Beyonce’s mother has defended the star against “racist” accusations she lightened her skin for the premiere of her movie Renaissance.

Tina Knowles said she had seen “stupid, ignorant, self-hating racist statements” about Beyonce “lightening her skin” and “wearing platinum hair wanting to be white”.

The mother-of-two, in a statement posted on Instagram, said she was “sick and tired of people attacking her” after critics took to social media to condemn Beyoncé’s premiere look of platinum blonde hair and a silver corseted dress with matching gloves, against a glittery silver backdrop.

She insisted the movie premiere’s theme was silver, including “silver hair, a silver carpet, and silver attire” and denounced the critics as “bozos”

She added: “How sad is it that some of her own people continue the stupid narrative with hate and jealousy.”

Ms Knowles said Beyonce would be “p***** at me for doing this, but I am fed up” as her lengthy statement was coupled with a photo montage of her daughter and her 2019 hit Brown Skin Girl.

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She also claimed a US outlet had contacted Beyoncé’s hairstylist for a statement about the allegations, which she said “made my blood boil”. Ms Knowles added: “Every time she does something that she works her a** off for and is a statement of her work ethic, talent and resilience. “Here you sad little haters come out the woodwork.”

Tina Knowles arrives at The Broad Presents West Coast Debut of 'Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983' on Friday, Mar. 22, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Tina Knowles said the accusations made her “blood boil” File pic: AP

Ms Knowles said Beyonce also “helps people whenever she can”, as well as lifting up and promoting “black women and underdogs at all times”.

Renaissance: A Film By Beyonce charts the singer’s 39-date world tour of her 2022 Grammy-winning album, sharing concert footage from its launch in Stockholm, Sweden, to the finale in Kansas City, Missouri.

The film premiered in Los Angeles on Saturday. 


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