Tina Knowles responds to fans accusing Beyoncé of lightening skin

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By Asiya Ali

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Beyoncé's mother has slammed "ignorant" allegations her daughter lightened her skin for the premiere of her new film.

On November 25, the 42-year-old 'Crazy In Love' hitmaker arrived at the world premiere of her new movie, Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé in Beverly Hills, California.

The highly-anticipated movie will feature performances and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of her recent world tour - which supported her successful seventh studio album, Renaissance (2022).

The tour began on May 10 in Stockholm, Sweden, and concluded on October 1, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Beyoncé performs onstage during the Renaissance World Tour in Warsaw, Poland. Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty

For the chrome-carpet event, the 'Break My Soul' songstress debuted a silver corseted dress with matching gloves and icy blonde hair against a glittery silver backdrop. The look honored the worldwide tour's silver, space disco dress code.

As photographs of her silver monochrome look premiere outfit circulated on social media, many people claimed the mother-of-three's skin color appeared lighter than usual.

Now, the superstar's 69-year-old mother has addressed the critics accusing her daughter of changing her appearance to look like a "white woman" in a scathing statement shared to Instagram on November 28.

The lengthy post included a clip of Beyoncé's look with negative on-screen texts that read: "She’s not a black woman," "She’s white now," "It’s not Beyoncé," and "She whitens her skin!"

Read Knowles' statement below:

In the caption, the fashion designer lambasted detractors for perpetuating "racist" narratives and "sexist double standards," writing: "Came across this today and decided to post it after seeing all of the stupid, ignorant, self-hating racist statements about her lightening her skin and wearing platinum hair wanting to be white.

"She does a film, called The Renaissance, where the whole theme is silver with silver hair, a silver carpet, and suggested silver attire and you bozos decide that she’s trying to be a white woman and is bleaching her skin? How sad is it that some of her own people continue the stupid narrative with hate and jealousy," she continued.

The mom-of-two explained that her eldest daughter "wore silver hair to match her silver dress" as a fashion statement, and claimed that a TMZ reporter, reportedly a white woman, had reached out to Beyoncé's hairstylist for a comment on the skin-lightening speculation. "Well that made my blood boil, that this white woman felt so entitled to discuss [Beyoncé’s] Blackness," she penned.

Tina said she's "sick and tired" of people "attacking" the 'CUFF IT' singer, adding that the 32-time Grammy winner "works her a** off" and that her successful career is a "statement of her work ethic, talent, and resilience".

While she noted that her notoriously private daughter "is going to be pissed at me" for hitting back at the accusations, she maintained: "But I am fed up!" concluding: "This girl minds her own business. She helps people whenever she can. She lifts up & promotes black women and underdogs at all times."

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Beyoncé onstage at Rogers Centre on July 08, 2023, in Toronto, Ontario. Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty

Tina's post was inundated with support from many famous faces.

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer wrote: "You have raised beautiful, strong, intelligent black, PROUD TO BE BLACK women. Period. Anyone who says otherwise has their own issues to deal with. I’m sorry you’ve come across the negative comments that people don’t realize is a reflection of how they feel about themselves."

Emmy-winning star Keke Palmer remarked: "I love you so much Ms. Tina! She deserves to be protected in this way!" while Jessie J added: "A mother standing up for her daughter. Well said!"

"The weird hyper fixation on Beyoncé’s complexion & hair color over the years is beyond tired, and people should find something more productive to do with their time. She’s been giving us pure artistry & and an incredible body of work throughout her career, and that’s what some choose to focus on? Sad times, but she’s gonna continue to thrive regardless of any chatter," fashion illustrator Hayden Williams added.

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé officially hits theaters on December 1.

Featured image credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty

Tina Knowles responds to fans accusing Beyoncé of lightening skin

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By Asiya Ali

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Beyoncé's mother has slammed "ignorant" allegations her daughter lightened her skin for the premiere of her new film.

On November 25, the 42-year-old 'Crazy In Love' hitmaker arrived at the world premiere of her new movie, Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé in Beverly Hills, California.

The highly-anticipated movie will feature performances and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of her recent world tour - which supported her successful seventh studio album, Renaissance (2022).

The tour began on May 10 in Stockholm, Sweden, and concluded on October 1, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Beyoncé performs onstage during the Renaissance World Tour in Warsaw, Poland. Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty

For the chrome-carpet event, the 'Break My Soul' songstress debuted a silver corseted dress with matching gloves and icy blonde hair against a glittery silver backdrop. The look honored the worldwide tour's silver, space disco dress code.

As photographs of her silver monochrome look premiere outfit circulated on social media, many people claimed the mother-of-three's skin color appeared lighter than usual.

Now, the superstar's 69-year-old mother has addressed the critics accusing her daughter of changing her appearance to look like a "white woman" in a scathing statement shared to Instagram on November 28.

The lengthy post included a clip of Beyoncé's look with negative on-screen texts that read: "She’s not a black woman," "She’s white now," "It’s not Beyoncé," and "She whitens her skin!"

Read Knowles' statement below:

In the caption, the fashion designer lambasted detractors for perpetuating "racist" narratives and "sexist double standards," writing: "Came across this today and decided to post it after seeing all of the stupid, ignorant, self-hating racist statements about her lightening her skin and wearing platinum hair wanting to be white.

"She does a film, called The Renaissance, where the whole theme is silver with silver hair, a silver carpet, and suggested silver attire and you bozos decide that she’s trying to be a white woman and is bleaching her skin? How sad is it that some of her own people continue the stupid narrative with hate and jealousy," she continued.

The mom-of-two explained that her eldest daughter "wore silver hair to match her silver dress" as a fashion statement, and claimed that a TMZ reporter, reportedly a white woman, had reached out to Beyoncé's hairstylist for a comment on the skin-lightening speculation. "Well that made my blood boil, that this white woman felt so entitled to discuss [Beyoncé’s] Blackness," she penned.

Tina said she's "sick and tired" of people "attacking" the 'CUFF IT' singer, adding that the 32-time Grammy winner "works her a** off" and that her successful career is a "statement of her work ethic, talent, and resilience".

While she noted that her notoriously private daughter "is going to be pissed at me" for hitting back at the accusations, she maintained: "But I am fed up!" concluding: "This girl minds her own business. She helps people whenever she can. She lifts up & promotes black women and underdogs at all times."

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Beyoncé onstage at Rogers Centre on July 08, 2023, in Toronto, Ontario. Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty

Tina's post was inundated with support from many famous faces.

Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer wrote: "You have raised beautiful, strong, intelligent black, PROUD TO BE BLACK women. Period. Anyone who says otherwise has their own issues to deal with. I’m sorry you’ve come across the negative comments that people don’t realize is a reflection of how they feel about themselves."

Emmy-winning star Keke Palmer remarked: "I love you so much Ms. Tina! She deserves to be protected in this way!" while Jessie J added: "A mother standing up for her daughter. Well said!"

"The weird hyper fixation on Beyoncé’s complexion & hair color over the years is beyond tired, and people should find something more productive to do with their time. She’s been giving us pure artistry & and an incredible body of work throughout her career, and that’s what some choose to focus on? Sad times, but she’s gonna continue to thrive regardless of any chatter," fashion illustrator Hayden Williams added.

Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé officially hits theaters on December 1.

Featured image credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty