Beyoncé has released the video for “Brown Skin Girl” to YouTube on the heels of her new visual album Black Is King. In exclusive statement to Good Morning America, the Grammy Award-winning chanteuse explained the inspiration behind the visual and why it was imperative to show several shades of brown throughout.
“It was so important to me in ‘Brown Skin Girl’ that we represented all different shades of brown,” Beyoncé said. “We wanted every character to be shot in a regal light … It was important that we are all in this together and we all are celebrating each other.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 24, 2020
The “Brown Skin Girl” video arrived on Monday (August 24) and features Bey’s daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi, her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson, actress Lupita Nyong’o, fellow Destiny Child’s singer Kelly Rowland and model Naomi Campbell, among others.
In an interview with Essence, director Jenn Nkiru echoed Beyoncé’s sentiments, saying, “My focus is always, how do we get to represent people in a human way, in a full way? Irrespective of even complexion for a moment, these are women.”
She added, “I just think brown skin, black skin, dark skin, is so beautiful. I just see the divinity in it. It’s gorgeous. This was meant to be an affirmation of that. That’s the intent of it, to be an affirmation.”
“Brown Skin Girl” is the only video in Black Is King directed by a Black woman.
Watch it below.