Mathew Knowles says that Beyoncé’s career would have been affected if she had darker skin. During a recent satellite radio interview, Knowles discussed colorism in the music industry and said, “In the music industry there’s still segregation. Programmers, especially at pop radio, have this imagery of what beauty looks like. And they wanted that imagery to be the same that’s singing those records. If you look back at even Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lightened [her] to make her look lighter-complexioned…Because there’s a perception and a colorism: the lighter that you are, the smarter and more economically…There’s a perception all around the world about color.” 

When asked if Beyoncé’s complexion would have had an impact on her success, Knowles said, “I think she would have had — I think it would’ve affected her success. And I use Kelly Rowland as an example. She’s a great example. But you know, the great thing is, Kelly did exceptional outside of America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records. She just got off-script.”