Beyonce’s Gotham Magazine Photo Shoot

It’s raining in New York. A hot, muggy, gray rain that splashes in heavy sheets off the line of black Escalades parked outside a photo studio on the West Side. Just a few weeks ago, Hurricane Ike brought far more relentless rains to Houston, destroying the neighborhood where Beyoncé Knowles grew up. Oddly, her favorite memory is tied to a similar meteorological disaster almost 20 years ago. “I never told anyone this story, but we lived by the bayou, and it flooded,” she explains. “My father came to pick me up from school. I thought he was so strong. And he protected me. We had to get out of the car because the water was flooding the streets. He was carrying me around and it was the most fun thing in the world. My arms were around his neck and I was laughing and it was raining, and I was like, this is great! Even though, looking back, I know he was terrified.”


Two decades later, that little girl has grown up. She still spends a lot of her time with her father, Matthew Knowles. But no one has to carry Beyoncé these days. Having sold 100 million records with Destiny’s Child and another 25 million as a solo artist, she’s built a career that continues to defy even the darkest predictions about the collapse of the music business. This month, as she prepares to release her third solo album, Beyoncé herself seems to be a force of nature.

Given that she was lead singer of the best-selling girl group of all time, is married to Jay-Z, and was listed by Forbes as the second highest-earning music personality of the year in 2007 (she took in $80 million), you hear her name all the time—so it’s natural to feel like you know her. But meeting Beyoncé in person is disarming, surprising. Today she has a large blue swath of makeup across her eyes, superhero style, which will eventually be joined by bands of red and white to complete her American flag getup—just one of five countries she’ll be representing in photos at this shoot. She’s also wearing nothing but a terry-cloth robe. And finally, she’s smoking hot. Radiating fire. Blazingly gorgeous, like Brigitte Bardot in a steam bath.

She giggles frequently. Looks you in the eye. Her skin is flawless; her large, golden-brown eyes are calm and steady. Though New York is her home now, she still speaks with a soft Houston twang. Her hair is tied up in a ponytail, like a cheerleader, and she seems genuinely cheerful, as if she’s so used to being upbeat that it would take effort to be otherwise. When she’s not on the red carpet or being bombarded by the flashes of paparazzi cameras, Beyoncé comes off as down-toearth— an around-the-way girl with an irrepressibly optimistic spirit.

Family is central in her life. Her mother, Tina, is her stylist and business partner. Their fashion line, House of Deréon, was named after Beyoncé’s grandmother, Agnéz Deréon, a former seamstress. And her father is still her manager, although that relationship hasn’t been without its difficulties. In 1995 Matthew Knowles quit his job as a medical-equipment salesman to help guide his daughter’s career. (The move cut his family’s income in half and resulted in a separation between Matthew and Tina.) He was strict. He established a “boot camp” to train Destiny’s Child in vocals and choreography, and his own relentless approach to hard work seems to have been matched only by his daughter’s.

Still, as Beyoncé grew out of adolescence and became an “independent woman” (as the title of one of Destiny’s Child’s biggest hits put it), the conflicts with her dad grew worse. “My father and I had a tougher time years ago,” she says, “but there’s been a gradual transition, a power struggle. I’ve never had a problem standing up to my father when it’s come to my business. He taught me the importance of business. My mother is very creative and designs clothes, and she taught me to express myself. So I had a great balance of those two opposite sides. But it’s difficult because I started out young. And when I was 21, I was still the baby to him. So we’d fight. But after a few years of that, it got better and now we have rules. Like, when we’re having family functions like Christmas or birthdays, we’re not allowed to talk about business.”

The line between family and business wasn’t so clearly demarcated back in 1999, when dissension arose between two original members of Destiny’s Child—LeToya Luckett and LeTavia Roberson—and Matthew Knowles. The two singers left the group, and lawsuits were filed. Fans turned on Beyoncé, attacking her personally on message boards. She spent days locked up in her room, crying. “It was definitely difficult because I was so young, and my father was my manager and the group was like family,” she says. “I felt like, what are we gonna do? We weren’t making any money yet. I was the lead singer, so I got the blame. And I’m just a naturally sensitive person. If someone in the room is crying, I’m gonna cry even if I don’t know them. And that was the first time I had to deal with rumors and people attacking me. I was an 18-year-old kid, so I didn’t understand it was just a part of this life and it wasn’t personal. I didn’t have a thick skin yet. I was so embarrassed and wanted to defend myself and please everybody.

“Years ago, I was definitely headed for a breakdown,” she continues. “Just way too much work—my life was my career and I had no other life. It started when I was 15 and I hadn’t learned the importance of balance, making sure I took a day off. I didn’t know what ‘no’ was, what boundaries were. At this point, I know that after a certain amount of time I have to go home. I know what I like now. It just takes life experience to get a good balance. When you’re young, you don’t know what relaxes you.”

These days to relax, Beyoncé enjoys painting, unwinding with a blank canvas and a glass of red wine when she can find the time. Of course, her greatest masterpiece so far hasn’t been a painting or a song or a movie, but her public self: Beyoncé the brand is a global entertainment entity, one that she’s crafted with painstaking effort and relentless energy. So it’s been surprising recently to see her stepping outside the lines of the carefully constructed image the world has come to know. She’s done this in baby steps, moving steadily from church-going good girl to sultry siren, and now seems to be at the threshold of unveiling a new, more complex persona.

It’s an open secret that contemporary R&B, despite outward pretensions of modernity, is an extremely conservative musical format; with few exceptions, its formula goes unchallenged by the most successful artists. So it’s pleasing when she tells her cousin and assistant, Angela, to play a few new tracks for me from her upcoming album, I Am. . .Sasha Fierce, including “If I Were a Boy,” which is far from expected. It features a folky acoustic guitar played over a simple beat, while Beyoncé sings with understated (and therefore very believable) pain, about trying to imagine how she might treat a woman if she were a guy. The lyrics start out simply, as she muses about the ease of the opposite sex, talking smack about how she would “drink a beer and chase after girls.” But soon she’s digging a bit deeper beneath the surface, suggest- were a guy she’d be more sensitive than most men, and perhaps not take women for granted—but manages to get in a few digs: “If I were a boy, I’d put myself first/make the rules as I go,” she sings, then addresses the man directly at song’s end: “But you’re just a boy.”

Her voice is simpler, more straightforward, with almost none of the ghettofab melismatic fireworks she seemed unable to resist on her early hits. Instead, Beyoncé is now singing with a more sophisticated, confident complexity and depth—she’s still talking about the war between the sexes, but in a smarter, gender-flipping way. “The first time I heard it, I didn’t think it sounded like me, because it’s really folk, alternative, not the kind of music I sing,” she explains. “But I was reading the lyrics and I said, ‘Wow, this is powerful.’ I felt like I was singing for every woman in the world. I feel like I say a lot of things in my songs that women need to hear or want to say.”

Although Beyoncé’s earlier acting endeavors—opposite Steve Martin in The Pink Panther and Mike Myers in Austin Powers in Goldmember—were lighthearted, she’s been tackling more ambitious parts. She earned two Golden Globe nominations for her role in Dreamgirls, the 2006 adaptation of the Broadway musical loosely based on the story of the Supremes. And next month she’ll portray blues singer Etta James in the Chess Records story, Cadillac Records. The role takes her outside her comfort zone, exploring behavior that’s far from what we’d expect from the smiling celebrity we see in L’Oréal ads. “Etta James had a darker side,” she says. “And with the profanity I use in the movie, and being addicted to heroin, and having a scene where I’m strung out, I’m sure audiences are gonna be extremely shocked. But I’m an artist and I’m playing a character. When I’m doing a movie, Beyoncé is nowhere on film. “One thing playing Etta James taught me is to be fearless,” she adds. “And it taught me I can’t be afraid or ashamed of the things that I like, even if it’s shocking to people. I know it’s time to take a chance. I don’t have a need to do another record to make more money or become a bigger superstar.”

Through her relationship with and marriage to Jay-Z, Beyoncé has moved into the epicenter of a gritty hip-hop world, and as she’s matured, her sex appeal has played an increasingly central role in her public image. For years she’s had an alter ego she calls Sasha (a name her cousin came up with) that takes over onstage, allowing her to explore the more untamed aspects of her sexuality. “I still have the values I grew up with. But when I’m performing, I’m able to be whoever I want to be,” she says. “I have Sasha, and it’s kind of like a character, but I leave it on the stage. And I don’t walk around being over the top, the way I am onstage. It’s just a part of my artistic expression.”

And what has become of Sasha as Beyoncé has grown up? “I’ve learned to use Sasha for other things. Sometimes I have to be strong in meetings or in my everyday life. And I’ve learned how to use that side of my personality and merge the two. Definitely, when I was younger I was very sheltered. I never tried drugs. I was never out at clubs. I didn’t have boyfriends. So I kind of used Sasha to separate my sexual freedom onstage from my everyday life. And I still use Sasha to protect me.”

Beyoncé is notoriously tight-lipped about Jay-Z, whom she dated “secretly” for six years before “secretly” marrying him in April. “This is like my first relationship,” she says. “I’m very private and, of course, I don’t talk about it, but I’m very, very happy. That’s all I’ll say. We were together for a really long time before we got married; we were in no rush. We don’t have a normal relationship because of our careers. But celebrity or not, you go through the exact same things. We’re not perfect.”,

In some ways, Beyoncé’s appeal lies more in her normalcy than in her largerthan- life sexiness. It’s her “realness” that allows her to relate to her fans, and vice versa. Her mother owned a hair salon, and Beyoncé hung around the shop after school, earning extra money by sweeping up hair and performing for customers. “I’d eavesdrop on these women’s conversations, which is why I have such a connection to the everyday problems of women, even if it’s not something I’m going through,” she says. “Everyone would come in and they’d have their problems and talk about them, my mom would give advice, and they’d leave feeling glamorous and confident, with the weight off their shoulders. That’s what I try to do in my own way with my music.”

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98 Comments

  1. NOW, LET ME SAY I AM NOT A STAN, I DONT PAY ANY ATTENTION TO BEY, ONLY WHEN I WATCH ‘if i were a boy” twice a day. but i decided to read this article. I HAVE A NEW RESPECT FOR BEYONCE FOR SOME REASON. WHEN I SEE HER NOW I SEE A GROWN WOMAN SO I AMD BERY HAPPY FOR HER. AND THOSE ARE THE BEST DAMN BEYONCE PICTURES SHE EVER DONE, THEY SHOULD BE HER ALBUM COVER, AND FOR ALL THE HATERS, READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE U JUDGE,PLEASE :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :thumbsup:

  2. She silly- “this is great!”. Gotta luv Bey!! I have to finish reading the rest but I had to comment on the photos…

    :bowdown:
    Now this is what I’ve been looking to see from Beyonce!

    Some variety!

    Something far from the ordinary, expected looks we tend to always get from her!

    I just luve these shots.

    :thumbsup:

  3. :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: SHE WAS ON HIS BACK LAUGHING BUT THEY COULD HAVE DIED.

    WELL, WELL, WELL :hater: :hater: :hater: :hater: IM A HATER AND I HAVE SAY SOMETHING NEGATIVE.

    THE NEGATIVE IS THAT I DONT HAVE ANYTHING NEGATIVE TO SAY BOUT THIS GIRL I MEAN WOMAN

    DAMN I WAS JUST ON BOSSIP RIPPERING HER BOUT HER BUT PADS BUT DAMB THESE ARE DA BOMB

    NOW THATS SOME SASHA FEIRCE

    NICE HIGH FASHION PICS, TYRA WILL BE PROUD

    NOW THATS SOME DAMN SASHA FEIRCE

  4. Of the gazillion Bey post I have read this month this one is the best. She is going all “Mahoghany” on us. :thumbsup:

  5. DaaaaaaaaaaanGGGGG! if she wasn’t a singer she should have been a HiGH FAshion model because thses pics are hot! I wonder what Tyra thinks about these pics

  6. She better WORK!!! Yes, she is givin’ us real high fashion right here. I’m so proud of her, from when she first came out in ’96 with DC til now. The girl has grown into a woman making moves and breaking records and just writing her own history in the music industry. It is so good to see black sistas becoming so successful and having such an impact in this country we call the U.S.A. Go ahead girl!

  7. whoa, thats what im talking about Bee. She aint playing this time around :bowdown:

  8. I have to agree, best article I have ever read from Beyonce. The pictures finally does her justice. I can finally give her respect and say “I’m a Beyonce fan because of her struggle and triumph in the entertainment industry.” Janet Jackson and now Beyonce has my full support and respect.

  9. Beyonce take high fashion pics now?she can giggl all she wants i don’ t believe her gimmicks and i aint buying the new lp

  10. @anya

    as soon as a bee post gets positive, her comes the insecure person that always have to try and put her down. Damn can we go atleast one post without the negative comments., and you think she needs you to buy her album its still going to be successfull regardless. If you really don’t like her then don’t enter her post or don’t click on her name, simple as that 🙄

  11. ok the first an the sixth pics i’m not feelin but the rest are hot :thumbsup: .. :stop: an @LUCKY 8 IF ANYA DONT LIKE THE PIC SHE DONT HAVE TO LIKE THEM

  12. AN STOP TELLIN PEOPLE WHO THEY CAN CLICK ON THIS IS NOT YALL BLOG (STANS) :noway: GO START YOUR OWN BLOGS IF YOU DONT LIKE WHAT PEOPLE IS SAYIN ABOUT HER AN DONT LET PEOPLE THAT TALK ABOUT HER ON YOUR PAGE

  13. Lucky8: :lol2: I’ m a beyonce admirer, you didn’t know that did you? I’ m not even going to entertain you 😆
    You’ re not near my level i’ m in a place where i can afford to refuse to believe or accept anything thrown my way and still feel like a winner i see its not the same with you so you have to take it there, i Defended and love dangerously in love, B’day is still jamming in my car , if i refuse to buy the alter ego and the “brand new” beyonce it’ s maybe because i’ m grown up, Get outta high school and comes in term with yourself when you will, you’ ll know that you can support a sister and still tell it like you see it, and it won’ t take anything away from you, for now don’ t even try to argue with me because i will rip you a new one 😆
    Goodnight

  14. BEYONCE IS…..IM FREAKING SPEECHLESS
    SHE OUT DID HERSELF THIS TIME.
    JUST WHEN U THINK SHE CANT OUT DO HERSELF
    HERE SHE COMES
    IM SO PROUD TO BE A FAN OF HERS. I LOVE TIS “FEMALE DOG”…YA KNOW WHAT I REALLY WANT TO SAY BUT U KNOW THE PRINCIPAL WILL CUM IN HERE AND BLOCK OUT MY WORD.
    YEA IM UP LATE, ONLY BC I JUS GOT OUT OF A FIYAH HALLOWEEN PARTAAAY…
    NOW I CAN SLEEP AND DREAM ABOUT MY GIRL BEY…I MEAN MY REAL GIRLFRIEND…NAH, I MEANT BEYONCE… :lol2: PEACE

  15. :thumbsup: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: …i’m so proud of Bey…she’s doing really well with her career…she’s a good role model & every sistah wanna be like Bey…you gotta love this young lady…if you dont you’re less than a hater!!

  16. This was a good article. Much better than Essence’s “cover story” – which made it seem like Bey refused to talk about just about anything. Their cover articles are usually lacking anyway.

  17. Fantastic article. Of all the pictures, my favorite is the one in the top row, to the far right. It has that I’m-going-to-church look to it. I love it.

  18. I’m glad Beyonce is going back to her old self and become more confident because these are the type of interviews she used to do before she got with Jay. Beyonce was very relaxed and cool as hell and she was open! When she got big, she stopped doing that and ashe changed whole lot. Now she is back to her normal self thank goodness!

  19. I’m not crazy about the pics at all. She seems to be letting her guard down a bit. I heard that management was saying she should, I think they are right. People want to feel like they know you, at least she’s talking and not just doing that silly smile an wave like Ms. America.

  20. I’ve been waiting on the pics…thanks Steph! Now Mrs. Bey has done it! :bowdown: This is the best photoshoot I have seen of her. Chick is bad, I don’t care what anyone else says. Now I have to go back and read the lengthy article

  21. that was a damn good article. wonderful writer. i loved the way his words flowed when he talked about her beauty. it made it seem like poetry rather than an article :bowdown:

  22. lizze i wouldnt say rihanna is a fashion icon…and i love rihanna style to but just like people say beyonce doesnt change anything…rihanna has been doing this whole gggb thing for a while too…nothings changed

    as for the article! :thumbsup: and those pics are hot..defiantly something different than the ordinary beyonce…love the last 3 shots!

  23. mario, co sign, im sick of the gggb cd, omg came out last may, we need something fresh and something new from ri ri but anyway dis bout beyonce, love the article and photos and love if i were a boy, now that some is fresh and new

  24. Just fabulous!
    :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

  25. twas a nice post

    :brownsista:

  26. All I gotta say is I’m loving the pics. Rihanna aint got :noway: on her. She actually looks like tyra in one pic. And I like the pic where she looks darker. Good job Bee. I’m looking forward to the album.

  27. That was one of the best articles Ive read on her. The authors flow was lovely. @ Stephanie can we please retire the word Hater? One comment above screaming no challenging ‘the haters’ just ruined the good vibe and evenflow this article procured. Vitriol is what it is. And its juvenile and pathetic. So tired of the overuse of that word. And Im sure Ill get cursed and called a hater for asking for a little peace when it comes to comments on a Beyonce post. :brownsista:

  28. Beyonce looks Fabulous in these pics, The Last pic is FIERCE!!! :thumbsup: Loved the article too it was a good read.

  29. I am sick of this girl. Sit your overexposed butt down somewhere.

  30. SEE JUST WHEN I WAS ABOUT TO SAY SHE WAS REAL FOR THIS :stop: ..I JUST SEEN THIS GIRL ON EXTRA AN SHE SAID THE PEOPLE THAT DID THIS INTERVIEW MISS QUOTED HER IN THIS MAG ABOUT HER HAVIN A BREAK DOWN THATS NOT WHAT SHE MENT BUT YOU JUST EXPLANED WHAT YOU MENT ON THE FACT THAT YOU WAS ABOUT TO HAVE A BREAK DOWN SO HOW YOU SAY THATS NOT WHAT YOU MENTSEE @MARIO THIS WHAT I MEAN ABOUT I DONT LIKE HER TACTICS LOVE THE FACT THAT SHE WORK HARD ON STAGE BUT TO BE REAL THIS CHICK JUST CANT DO…DANG :thumbsdown: I CANT GET DOWN WITH CHICK BACK IN THE DAY I COULD …BUT THE PIC ARE STILL HOT

  31. Beyonce and her worshipping fans need a reality check. She ain’t all that. Her voice is AVERAGE at best, and when her looks and body fade, she’ll be a nobody. Come to think of it, her looks and body is all she has going for her, because her music really sucks and has no substance.

    Just saw her uneducated self on one of those entertainment shows where she was asked if her new movie role is “Oscar” worthy and her answer with that stupid laugh was “I hope so.” Forget it honey, it will never happen because acting is not your forte. Get it through your thick head. And that 15-pounds she gained to play the part did nothing but add more weight to her over-inflated ego.

  32. Kanyade: :iagree: The problem with those kids today, is that they feel close to celebrities, they envy them so much they think some of them are their cousin baby daddy’s sister’ s hairstylist’ s best friend, None of you is related to beyonce, and you need to grow the hell up , I went to beyonce’ s concert and got both cds’ s and the live in wembley dvd, But i don’ t know beyonce and all she own me is good music, if i don’ t like what she does i’ ll speak on it but that does not make me less of a human than her, I bet if i came on here praising her than changed my name and start saying the things i didn’ t like about her i’ ll go from good to bad person in their minds. I am not buying the new cd and saying that she don’ t need me to sell a cd, is a very dangerous thing to say because if a fervent supporter of beyonce like me refuse to support her new effort that must mean something, But i’ m not worry about beyonce i’ m sure that lucky chick and others will buy triple copies , so it’ s all good

    Mytheroy: Excuse me but have you listen to Dangerously in love? If it had been promoted in the right direction that album would have been a timeless classic, a must have, All the song were on point , It was not about her body from the get-go it start beign about her body when people chosed ot concentrate on video clips,big hair and make up, Dangerously in love was beyonce’ s “Legend making album” To me so don’ t give me that it’ s her body crap, It was never about it to me, I’ m no lesbian tought her fan base might regorge of them.

    “that 15-pounds she gained to play the part did nothing but add more weight to her over-inflated ego.” Lmao that was hella funny

  33. rihanna is nowhere near even worthy….beyonce is f-ing gorgeous. rihannas big forehead big nosed boy looking self cant hold a candle to my girl bey. why am i even saying this, the proof is in…well everytime u see her. i bet its prolly someone on here that has similar features as rihanna on here sayikng that bull. rihanna looks like a monkey with green eyes

  34. beyonce is able to transform her look in her photoshoots. because me being a man and loving every little single piece of beyonces face and body, right off the bat, i wasnt even able to recognize her. when i see that monkey rihana take pics like this she looks like the same ol monkey jus in nice clothes. disagree if u want to…peace

  35. Iconic! Love the photo spread! She looks picturesque! Just beautiful!

  36. The pics are a step up from the average ones she’s been putting out. In my opinion Janet J. takes the best high fashion and avante garde type pictures (or whatever you call these types of pictures). She just has that way or swagger about her where she can take any type picture with crazy makeup and hair and clothes and just rock it. She has a confidence from being in the game for so long she just can rock anything! Now that Beyonce is married I think she will play up her sexuality even more. I think when people are in a relationship that they feel secure in, they are more confident to express their sexual side. Especially since she mentioned she was somewhat sheltered she got second hand experiences but as time goes on she will have more to draw from.

  37. Thanks for sending this to us Lola…great article…do these emoticons work? LMAo cuz this one :booty: is the bomb! ha ha

  38. @dsom you always talkin about how somebody is hatin on beyonce but you are hatin on rihanna there is nothing ugly about rihanna with her full head an all that girl is beautiful dont matter how many times you say shes ugly an talk about her full head an she still pretty :hater: ..thats whats wrong with yall stans yall think yall beyonce thats why yall get mad when somebody say something yall dont like about her because yall think yall are her ..yall are livin yall life threw her yall could never be as pretty as beyonce :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: is’nt that what yall stans tell people when yall get mad 😆 😆 or yall say your a rihanna stan :lol2: :lol2: or yall bring up all her awards or should i say yall awards like people was not watchin t.v when she got them 😆 but guess what no body cares how many awards she got ..off the subject didnt she do the same thing when they threw j-hud in her face??? well anyway .. mj got more awards then her an still get called wacko jacko an he had 36 bill at one time.. oh we might like the pic on here but go to other blogs people cant stand those pics an there bring up rihanna name alot an i dont mean in a bad way either @ANYA THANKS FOR KEEPIN IT REAL :hifive:

  39. The thing about beyonce is she is boring i mean i look at her life and wonder when he reach that icon legend role she so crave what is her movie gonna be about?

    Too me papa knowles knew what he was doing durin the whole destiny child drama cause noone was checking beyonce until that shit took off

  40. I do not know what some of you people are talikng about but beyonce is the bomb. I just came from watching some of her performances and they reassure me that there is no one out now that does what she does.

    Yes some of her songs are not substantive but she is one of the few that can definately make me and my girls get up and dance.

    I give props to beyonce, love the interview and some of the shots.

  41. Dsom
    I tought you never said anything wrong about people you didn’ t like?

  42. You’re welcome, kaykay!

    Why is Rihanna being brought up in a Beyonce post? How silly is it to say Rihanna is prettier than Beyonce…..who cares??? 🙄 I’m sure Rihanna or Beyonce do not. This comparison between the two is so old and I wish you all would let it go!

  43. What is the point of constantly tearing down Beyonce in every post? NEWSFLASH None of you know her personally, and she can’t hear you! So let that go too!

  44. @ Flower & Voice,

    You claim Beyonce is so boring, yet you spend your time and energy talking about her every day! Sounds like you two are the boring ones and might need to find a hobby, so you don’t have to spend you time and energy discussing someone you don’t care for! Maybe, you two should volunteer in the local public school in your area since there is time on your hands.

    Back to the photos! Love the spread! Very artistic! :bowdown: :bowdown:

  45. Melissa did you see me call her boring? Stop putting words in my mouth, and why are you talking to us? You’ re obviously so bette rthan us because you love beyonce and bow down to her like a perfect little slave, you are such a winner why do you bother with us?

  46. I see someone’s mad that Beyonce’s song IIWAB is doing good, they are resorting to posting other people’s versions who need to use Beyonce’s name to get noticed. Really quite pathetic if you ask me. smh

  47. :stop: ALL OF U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    U all need to grow up. If u dont like her fine, but all the disrespectfull stuff is childish
    If u do like her u need to stop disrespect other artist and peoples character to make ur point!

  48. :stop: Voice, go sit you childress self down some where and get a life!

  49. Ok the stans and hater can stop there are no fans in here lmao cause if there were they wouldn’t be going back and foruth

  50. I thought B had a boyfriend of five years that she was heartbroken about, they split up because she was gone so much at the start of DC career?

    Suddenly Jayz the first boyfriend she had (alluding to he is actually her “first” *cough* sexual experience?)

    she can’t keep her lies straight *smh*

  51. tosha…what are you talking about? im happy you know beyonces whole true life story…go sit down

  52. Flower : Hello
    Melissa: That was too strong for you wasn’ t it?
    and i did not post that video to overshadow anyone i just thought her version was amazing, how the hell i’ m i mad at beyonce’ s song doing good since i dowload the song and video? Get a life

    Mario: What did tosha said that was so wrong? You over exaggerate sometimes i like you but you do! (rhymes ^^)

  53. voice like you too…and agree with the message to melissa…i didnt think you were trying to overshadow anyone as well i think she just misunderstood the comment

  54. Folks stay on topic! Anyway, the shoot is fabulous. It represents the different countries that make up the flavor of New York City style. The first is of course England’s style. Next comes America’s flavor, France’s flavor, India’s flavor, Italy’s flavor, and Japan’s flavor.

  55. Anyway, Beyonce is working this photo shoot. Something out of the box and totally different for her.

  56. @ Tosha

    She says, Jay is like(keyword) her first relationship….considering they started dating when she was 20/21, he probably is her first real adult relationship.

  57. I hope you guys put as much energy into voting on election day the way you put 100% energy into these Beyonce post.

    What Beyonce is singing about or wearing these days is in no way shape or form as important as this upcoming election. We need a change people and fast.

    Get out and vote on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

  58. chey :iagree: But they might be way too young to vote seing how some of them express themselves here but those that are over 18 and still lives in lala lands Its okay go and follow people,got vote okay? and vote for uncle obama 🙂

  59. i voted about three weeks ago so i could get it over with…back when there wont anyone in there…now that i see all the lines in my area for early voting…im happy i did it three weeks ago :hifive:

  60. no problem i liked the songs when i first hear the clips but after listening 3 more times to each one..i ended up LOVING them…to me this album sounds like it will be a classic and timeless

  61. i cant believe how many people worship this girl like shes a god or something her music stinks and those photos do to

  62. Interesting.

    I wonder where did all this “openess” come from…and where is it going?

    To be continued…

  63. @ Nesh,

    Maybe she’s being open now because she doesn’t have to ‘hide’ her marriage/relationship with Jay as much as she had in the past???

    🙂

    Again, I thought this was a great article/interview. She said much of the same, but she opened up more too.

    :brownsista:

  64. Upon looking at these amazing images. Particularly love the one with the hat. I have to say that Beyonce really needs to take a cue from Tyra’s musings….because sometimes, though the shot is gorgeous her eyes are dead. I’m reminded of that other photo shoot; the image where she’s laying on the floor in the coat. Maybe she was supposed to ‘look’ dead or like a mannequin, but if not; her eyes were just flat. Gorgeous woman; great artsy-fartsy images above. That last one reminds me of Henri Matisse’s work…. were these artist-inspired???

  65. @Kanyade

    I was reluctant to even proceed in questioning your response to me because most online conversations relating to Beyonce lead to unnessary debating. However, I will take a plung e on this one because I can’t resist to ask.

    “Maybe she’s being open now because she doesn’t have to ‘hide’ her marriage/relationship with Jay as much as she had in the past???”

    In my opinion, she never had to “hide” her relationship with Jay Z to begin with. Whatever attacks that she thought she was going get towards her relationship with dude, it can still happen. But ofcourse, its to their discretion as to how they want to handle/manage their personal lives. But if you ask me, sounds like pure promotion to decide to open up about your marriage all of a sudden. And I’m incline to believe that she’s affected by some of the reviews she’s been receiving from her fans about her isolated marriage, and that’s probably why she’s “talking” about it.

    But hey….it’s her life…not mine. And just my 2 cents.

  66. very rihanaesque i don’ t like it i want her to be beyonce okay snapping neck rolling homegirl she look uncomfortable but im still love her no one is stopping me from getting the album

  67. Alot of you will praise anything that she says, this is the same interview she did before BDay released. I swears she could tell most of you to kill yourselves and you would actually do it.
    Amazing :loser:

  68. Also, may of you are so far up her ass to think she is not finally telling her business for promotion….>Each time she releases an album she finds a gimmick behind it. First, DIL people were speculating that her and Jay were together, BDay- she was all about Dreamgirls and being angry, now with Alter Ego Album she is talking about Jay and opening up because she stated she wants to be an icon. I am Beyonce is for the white people and this album she states is real her, and I Am Sasha is for you Ghetto people who only respond to beats. This chick is the biggest hater of blacks because she lightens her skin, wear blonde wigs, said it was okay for Loreal to lighten her skin, and she mentioned that she wish she was latina.
    But to some of you we should support her because she’s black

  69. @Nesh-Nesh you have to hide that relationship when you are almost still a teenager and he is in his thirites. That is why they hid that relationship. I think they were dating alot longer than people realize. He was dating someone that was just much to young for him and she didn’t want to ruin the good girl who just acts slutty image. Let’s get real there were a lot of reasons to hide that relationship. Also he was in the process of having his little son while he was trying to get with this teenager.

  70. But if you ask me, sounds like pure promotion to decide to open up about your marriage all of a sudden. And I’m incline to believe that she’s affected by some of the reviews she’s been receiving from her fans about her isolated marriage, and that’s probably why she’s “talking” about it.

    You know, part of this business (most of it really) is smoke and mirrors, so yeah, Nesh Nesh, you may be right. I’d “like” to believe that maybe she feels now she can breathe a sigh of relief since she’s got that ring on her finger and that ball and chain attached to Jay’s ankle. LOL. So now, she can talk and be more open. But yeah, she’s in the business of show business and can’t be excluded from publicity stunts, gimmicks, etc. for promotion of a project. Goes with all of us; if we’re trying to sell something, we usually advertise too. LOL

    And yes, I think she’s changed some things for her fans. I read in that Essence article about another popular blogger in the blogosphere who said that there exists a disconnect with her fans because she is (was) so tight-lipped about her life and that this aspect of her was something even her DIE HARD fans couldn’t swallow. So with that rationale, yeah, I can see also her reacting to that. Basically just agreeing with what you’ve already said. LOL. But yeah, I won’t discount the fact that press is press and if you can juice it up a bit for sales or increased popularity, why not, right? She’s a star like so many of the rest and is no less susceptible to using these tactics…even mildly using them.

    :brownsista:

  71. @ mario good evening.

    i just remember when DC first came out an article on Bey and the girls. And the writer of the article made a mention of a framed photo of then Beyonce’s boyfriend of five years, Lavell? Lindell? something with an L.

    but as someone pointed out what she could have meant the realtionship with GAY Z (s0rry he is just sooooooo gross to me) is her first real adult relationship
    as opposed to the “teenage love affair” with the L guy

  72. Beyonce is only “hiding” her marriage to gay z–because of gay z. It’s obvious he is controlling the girl, what she can say in regards to their marriage. sorry when women are truly, deep in love as beyonce says she is–they want the world to know!

    I knew she was full of it when she claimed in the essence article that “engagement rings were tacky and silly” to her. yeah sure b–you didn’t want a phat engagement ring–although you are constantly “flashing” your other material items all the time? umm hmm

    also this comment showed how out of touch she is with everyday, regular women. for women an engagement ring isn’t silly or tacky, it means alot. particularly for black women–who have low marriage rates–
    but i guess when you are rich and spoiled and sheltered, you can downgrade something that’s normally special for the “regular” woman

    she’s silly

  73. u wont blame her if jay is controlling.tho he dosent seem that.i didnt think bee was so much a fashion icon then,cos i tot she used to wear trends dat were already out,even here in 9ja.but of late since she married jay her game is tryin neway she has 2 put it together 4 all d competition out there.i kno she made a lotta dough,bt if she tells me shes nt interested in makin mo thats just plain silly.even jay renews contracts 4 bigger sums and hes 5 times richer.forbes said she made 28 mil nt 80.but she is beautiful and sings good.i tink her image is tainted cs of DC early on and her imposing dad.i still lik her tho.

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