Beyonce’s success is partly due to her light complexion according to her father (Picture: Getty Images)Beyonce’s dad Mathew Knowles has questioned whether the Halo hitmaker would have become the superstar she is today if she were dark-skinned like her Destiny’s Child bandmate Kelly Rowland.
The Formation singer is one of the biggest popstars of our generation with a slew of number ones, a staggering 23 Grammys to her name and a Hollywood career that’s seen her star in movies like Dreamgirls and the upcoming Lion King remake.
But her father Mathew, who nurtured Bey and Destiny’s Child to fame in the 1990s, thinks her success story would have looked a whole lot different if she had darker skin.
Speaking on SiriusXM Urban View, Mathew explained: ‘I think it would have affected her success. I use Kelly Rowland [as] a great example.
‘The great thing is Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over four million records.’
Mathew, 67, went on to address the issue of colourism within the music industry, particularly the attitudes towards dark-skinned women pitted against those with lighter skin complexions.
The music executive believes colourism is unfortunately still rife in the entertainment business, recalling how the likes of Whitney Houston were treated based on their skin tone.
Mathew believes colourism is still rife in the music industry (Picture: Rex Features)https://www.instagram.com/p/BF4jkK3Pw66/?utm_source=ig_embed
Matthew explained: ‘In the music industry, there’s still segregation, as you know.
‘There used to be the black division, race records and programmers, especially at pop radio, has this imagery of what beauty looks like. They wanted that imagery to be the same that’s singing those records.’
‘If you look back, even like Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lighten her to make her look lighter complexion because there’s a perception in colourism.’
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He added: ‘The lighter you are the smarter, the more economically… all around the world about colour, even with black folks, there’s a perception.’
Mathew’s views on colourism come just after R&B singer Tory Lanez highlighted the issue during an incident on set of his latest music video, where a dark-skinned black model was replaced by a light-skinned woman.
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