Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli caused controversy earlier this week when he released a sketch of Beyonce dressed in one of his designs. The dress was custom-made for her current tour, "The Mrs. Carter Show." The press release showed Beyonce in a silk multi-colored gown, but the media's focus on Beyonce shifted to dwell on the degree to which the usually curvy 31-year-old star looks unrecognizable in the sketch.
In the illustration, Beyonce is altered to look skinnier than many fashion models, including an elongated torso and legs.
Though the sketches include images of Beyonce looking healthy and curvy while performing in the dress during an actual concert, many fans weren't pleased that Cavalli altered even one image of Beyonce to such an extent.
“If this is supposed to be a sketch of Beyonce, why not actually draw Beyonce instead of some imaginative image which fits the status quo for sickly looking run way models??” one commenter said on Cavalli’s Facebook page.
“Why would you do such a sketch that clearly doesn't reflect her shape?!” another asked. "The sketch excuse does not work: If this is a sketch of something which is going to dress a REAL woman, sketch it real!" an angry fan remarked.
Cavalli replied to the outrage. “Dear Fans, We would like to clarify that the image of the gown created by Roberto Cavalli for Beyonce is a sketch and not a photo, and therefore it is only meant to be a stylized and artistic vision.
"Roberto Cavalli loves women and more than anyone else has always exalted and highlighted the female shape with his creations, building his signature style on the glorification of sensuality and femininity.”
Beyonce has yet to comment on the sketch. Her tour is set to return to the states on June 28.