L’Oreal denies lightening Beyonce’s skin in ad

NEW YORK — Cosmetics giant L’Oreal is denying it lightened Beyonce’s skin tone in an ad.

“We highly value our relationship with Ms. Knowles. It is categorically untrue that L’Oreal Paris altered Ms. Knowles’ features or skin tone in the campaign for Feria hair color,” the Paris-based company said in a statement sent to the Associated Press through the singer’s representative.

The ad is in the current edition of Elle magazine.

L’Oreal, the maker of Garnier hair care and Lancome cosmetics, is the world’s largest cosmetics maker.

A representative for Beyonce said the singer would have no comment beyond L’Oreal’s statement.

Beyonce has been a spokeswoman for L’Oreal since 2001.

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