Beyonce Knowles has been thrust into a magazine cover colour war in America after a new pop culture publication claimed her skin had been lightened for the cover of style bible Vanity Fair.

Radar magazine's editors poked fun at the new cover of Vanity Fair because they felt it tried to make the DESTINY'S CHILD stunner "less black".

Vanity Fair bosses have denied the allegations, calling them outrageous.

The magazine's publicist, YVETTE NOEL-SCHURE, says, "There are very fair-skinned black people in the world and Beyonce is one of them."