It might sound controversial, but this statement directly comes from Beyonce’s father and former manager – Mathew Knowles. He insists that she won’t be a superstar if she had a darker skin tone. She hit the top of the charts as the leader of Destiny’s Child because she had light skin.
“In the music industry, there’s still segregation,” Knowles told SiriusXM’s The Clay Cane Show on Wednesday. “Programmers, especially at pop radio, (have) this image of what beauty looks like. They wanted that imagery to be the same as singing those records.
“If you look back, even, like, Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lightened her to make her look lighter in complexion… there’s a perception, colourism, the lighter that you are, the smarter, the more economically… there’s a perception all around the world about color, even with black folks.”
When the interviewer asked him if she had dark skin, then rare phenomenon could have any impact on Beyonce’s career. He replied, “I think it would have affected her success.”
He gave an example of Kelly Rowland, whose solo success in America was got affected just because of her dark skin color. He said, “The great thing is Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over four million records. She just got off script.”
Beyonce is a famous singer and superstar with millions of fans all over the world. Whenever I listen to her music, I don’t consider her skin tone that much as I’m also an Asian with brown Skin color. However, we can’t deny the fact that her father is speaking from his experience, and he gave a good example where color tones affect your career’s success.