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The 9 Times Beyonce Slayed Fashion In Epic, Weird And Wonderful Ways

All hail Queen Bey.

When you think of queens with long, historic reigns, Victoria, Elizabeth, and Beyonce come to mind. With due respect to actual queens, no one has ruled so definitively in the pop culture world as Queen Bey has.

The birth of Bey as we know can be traced back to 2003, with the release of her solo album, Crazy In Love. It was non-stop from there as she hit No. 1 again and again with albums like B’Day (2006), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), and 4 (2011). She made streaming her bitch with albums Beyonce (2013), Lemonade (2016) and Everything Is Love (a surprise 2018 joint album with husband, Jay-Z).

Through the years, Beyonce has become a figure to look for when it comes to bona fide fashion, on the red carpet and in her music videos. To celebrate her 37th birthday, we look back on 10 memorable fashion moments of Queen Bey in the recent.

Images: Shutterstock and Instagram (@beyonce)

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'Apeshit' Music Video, 2018
Shot in the iconic Louvre, we see Beyonce in a striking, head-to-toe Versace look. Her pose and mannerisms are an homage to the Portrait d’une femme noir (‘Portrait of a Negress’) by Marie-Guillemine Benoist (1800), a significant piece of art in a time of colonialism and slavery. In this entire video, Beyonce uses herself as an object, inviting the viewer to think on racial and cultural supremacy, and on barriers and how they can be broken. 'Apeshit' Music Video, 2018
The music video is striking for another look — Beyonce’s pink Peter Pilotto suit (Jay-Z is in Dries van Noten). This is Bey and Jay’s narrative and, standing in front of the Mona Lisa, a pale figure in the highly vaunted museum that has not placed an emphasis on people of colour, this husband-and-wife powerhouse clad in contrasting tones are suddenly the most interesting things in the room. Grammy Awards, 2017
She wore this gold embellished sheer gown by Norwegian designer Peter Dundas on a day when she walked off with the Best Urban Contemporary Album award for Lemonade. The gold gown referenced Gustav Klimt and the African goddess Oshun, and made her baby bump (those were the twins in there) look absolutely gorgeous. Tidal X: 1015 Concert, 2016
Black is definitely Beyoncé’s go-to colour, and so are sheer numbers. She killed it in this delicately embellished sheer black dress by Gattinoni that she wore to make her entrance at the star-studded Tidal X 1015 benefit concert. WACO Theater Center’s Wearable Art Gala, 2018
For this year’s WACO Theater Center’s Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles, the theme was to dress up as fictional characters from Wakanda, the imaginary afro-futuristic city from Black Panther. This gold ball-gown, created by designers Falguni and Shane Peacock, drew inspiration from the Nubian warrior queen, Amanishakheto. Sir Carter & Rumi at One Month, 2017
Beyonce took to Instagram to celebrate her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi, when they were a month old. The Madonna-like image saw her donning a silk ruffled dress designed by Alejandro Gomez Palomo. Fun fact: the designer’s Palomo Spain label is actually a menswear label known for dismantling gender norms. In the Palomo Spain Spring 2017 lookbook, the dress you see on Bey was modeled by a man. Grammy Awards, 2018
She may have turned up late for the Grammys, arriving mid-show, but she sure made a grand entrance in this gown with double leg slits by Nicolas Jebran. Accessories were Alain Mikli sunglasses, a giant saucer hat, and Lorraine Schwartz earrings. The entire outfit was witchy, weird and wonderful. Coachella, 2018
Beyonce made cultural and political history as the first black woman to headline the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April 2018. She quoted Malcolm X, hosted a Destiny’s Child reunion, and sang Lift Every Voice And Sing (AKA the “Black national anthem”). She appeared in a total of five outfits that were custom collaborations between her stylist Marni Senofonte and Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing — befitting of such an event. The embellished bodysuit with a gold and black studded cape was topped off with stunning waterfall earrings, a stylish reinvented top hat and gold and black cane — all reference to Egyptian queen Nefertiti. Met Gala, 2016
The theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology, and Beyonce looked pretty Ghost in the Shell in this liquid latex dress by Givenchy Haute Couture.