Beyonce is posing as an African Queen in the March issue of L'Officiel, and the photos of the singer with a visibly darker face, have raised a few eyebrows.

The French magazine released the following statement:

    "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. [It's] a return to her African roots … on which her face was voluntarily darkened."

L'Officiel, currently celebrating 90 years in the business, claims to be paying tribute to Fela Kuti, the late Nigerian musician and human rights activist.

See L'Officiel's full statement regarding these photos ... after the jump.