BeyonceBeyonce Knowles has made waves in the past when L'Oréal lightened the diva's complexion in cosmetic ads, but now the superstar finds herself amid fresh controversy after darkening her skin.

As a celebration of its 90th anniversary, French style magazine L'Officiel Paris is featuring the 29-year-old on its cover as a tribute to Nigerian human rights activist and musician Fela Kuti.

In what the magazine calls, "a return to her African roots," Beyonce's face "was voluntarily darkened" for the shoot.

L'Officiel Paris adds, "Far from the glamorous Sasha Fierce, the beauty posed for the magazine with amazing fashion designers' clothes, but also in a dress created by her mother ... all the pictures will be available in the collector edition, on sale at the end of this month." Watch a video of the controversial photo shoot after the jump.