Beyonce Knowles is in the hot seat today thanks to a new photo shoot where the singer appears to be wearing blackface.

Beyonce darkened her skin for the 90th anniversary issue of L'Officiel Paris, in a spread "paying homage to the African queens through the ages."

Fighting back criticism, the magazine issued a statement saying "The designs are all reflective of the African influence on fashion this season. 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."

Check out the video from the shoot above, then let us know ...

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