Matthew Knowles, Beyonce’s Father Comments About How Being Light-Skinned Helped Her CareerJuly 23, 2019
In an interview held a month ago before the release of Brown Skin Girl by Beyonce which features her daughter Blue Ivy and Wizkid, her father, Matthew Knowles says that the singer wouldn’t have made it this big in her music career if she had been dark of skin.
Beyonce’s father is of the opinion that being dark skinned does not help celebrities’ careers in the entertainment world. Knowles gave SiriusXM’s on “The Clay Cane Show” examples of how being light skinned helps celebrities.
Knowles reveals that there’s still segregation among programmers, especially at Pop radio. He says that they have this imagery of what beauty looks like. He continued by stating how music record companies create a perception of what black women should look like. He went on to give a why Whitney Houston’s pictures always looked lighter-complexioned than she really did. He says, ” Because there’s a perception in colorism… The lighter you are the smarter, the more economically… all around the world about color, even with black folks, there’s a perception.”
When asked if colorism impacted on his daughter’s success, he said:
“I think it would have affected her success”.
Moving on, he revealed how being dark skinned didn’t help singer Kelly Rowland much in the US.
“I use Kelly Rowland [as] a great example,” Knowles responded. “The great thing is Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records.”