On Wednesday, Matthew Knowles discussed race relations in the music industry during an interview, and he specifically talked about how his daughter, Beyonce may have benefited from having light skin.
“In the music industry, there’s still segregation,” Knowles said. “Programmers, especially at pop radio, [have] this imagery of what beauty looks like. They wanted that imagery to be the same as singing those records.”
During the interview, Knowles was asked if his megastar daughter had benefited from not being a darker complexion and the music executive said that she had, according to Vibe.
“I think it would have affected her success,” Knowles said before mentioning Destiny’s Child member, Kelly Rowland, and explaining how colorism plays a role in an artist’s success.
“I use Kelly Rowland as an example. She’s a great example,” Knowles explained.
“But you know, the great thing is Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over four million records.”
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