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Last night, Beyoncé, in addition to being on tour, took some time out to collect an award. This particular one, given by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), was for being a Fashion Icon. The singer, accompanied by her husband and daughter, wore a sparkly Givenchy suit, paired with an obnoxiously large hat. Designer Diane von Furstenberg presented her with the award.
But the real highlight of the night, aside from Blue Ivy waving a disapproving finger at the paparazzi, was Beyoncé’s acceptance speech. In it she slyly called out the narrow-mindedness and *cough* racism *cough* of the fashion industry, celebrated the ingenuity generations of her family used to help their children achieve their dreams and tasked the industry to showcase diverse body types.
“As long as I can remember, fashion has always been a part of my life. Its affect on me actually started before I was born. Most of you guys don’t know this but my grandmother was a seamstress. My grandparents did not have enough money. They could not afford my mother’s Catholic school tuition. So my grandmother sewed clothes for the priests and the nuns and made the uniforms for the students in exchange for my mother’s education. She then passed this gift down to my mother and taught her how to sew.
When we were starting out in Destiny’s Child, high-end labels, they didn’t really want to dress four Black, country, curvy girls. And we couldn’t afford designer dresses and couture. My mother was rejected from every showroom in New York. But, like my grandmother, she used her talent and her creativity to give her children their dreams. My mother and my uncle Johnny, God bless his soul, designed all of our first costumes and made each piece by hand, individually sewing hundreds of crystals and pearls, putting so much passion and love into every small detail. But when I wore these clothes on stage, I felt like Khaleesi I had an extra suit of armor. It was so much deeper than any brand name.
And my mother, who is so fabulous and beautiful and is here tonight— I love you— my mother, my grandmother and my uncle were always with me so I could not fail. My mother actually designed my wedding dress, my prom dress, my first CFDA Award dress, my first Grammy dress and the list goes on and on and on. And this to me is the true power and potential of fashion. It’s a tool for finding your own identity, expression and strength. It transcends style and is a time capsule of all of our greatest milestones. So to my mother, my uncle, my grandma, thank y’all. Thank you for showing me that having a presence is far more than the clothes you wear and your physical beauty. Thank you for showing me to never take no for an answer. Thank you for showing me how to take risks, work hard and live life on my own terms.
I want to say thank you to every designer that works tirelessly to make people feel like they can write their own story. Y’all are fairy godmothers and magicians and sculptors, sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power that you have or take it lightly. We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection.
Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes so far beyond what the eyes can see. And you have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower and to show people how to embrace their complications and see the flaws and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us. Thank you so much for this incredible award. I’ll never forget this night. And God bless y’all. Thank you.
You can listen to Beyoncé’s full speech in the video below.
While we can hardly disagree that fame is a double-edged sword, being a celebrity certainly has its perks. Free swag, money galore and access to pretty much any and everything you could ever want or need. It’s also no secret that celebrities like to party in style. So when it comes to a certain and very special time of the year, some celebrities go all out when their birthday rolls around. And why not? Partying like a rock star is the birthright of every celeb. Money isn’t a concern, no expense is spared, and the only limitation is their imagination, as evidenced by these lavish, themed born-day parties.
It may not have been a theme, per se, but when Kelly Rowland celebrated her 35th birthday, she took and posted a bunch of photo booth-style pics with friends and family, including some with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates. That might not seem like much…until you remember that these women make up one of the most successful groups of all time. No biggie.
I was thrilled when I learned Tyra Banks was welcoming a baby into her life. She’s been talking about having children for so long and it just seems like she would step into the work of being a mother with a nurturing heart. When she made the announcement via Instagram, posting a picture of her son’s baby cap, of course I wondered when we’d get a chance to see him.
Turns out, we wouldn’t have to wait too long…kind of.
Yesterday, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, she shared an image of she and her son York that featured his profile. We can see just enough to realize that he has his mother’s skin complexion. As a nosy person, who still believes in protecting children, I appreciated the photo.
You know Tyra’s not the only one to keep her baby’s face under wraps for a while. There are times when I forget that Kim and Kanye have a second child because we just haven’t seen li. There was that one picture of his hand grasping another but that’s it.
Kerry Washington’s daughter Isabelle is over a year old and all we’ve seen of her is a bit of her leg and hand as a caregiver was carrying her out of a hotel.
While Blue Ivy is starring in her mother’s music videos now, there was a time when her parents attempted to keep her shielded from the media and the paparazzi and people were quite mad about it.
Perhaps the man most famous for shielding his child from the public view was Michael Jackson. His son, Prince, wasn’t even known by his real name because people only referred to him as “Blanket,” the accessory that he was never seen without.
But it isn’t just celebrities.
Recently, a friend from college had a child not too long ago and for the first month, she didn’t want to show anyone pictures of her child. Which was understandable. Her baby, her life, her choice. But what was particularly annoying was the shots she’d post of the baby’s hands, blankets, toes, bibs. Perhaps I would have found that endearing except for the fact she sent out a nice-nasty message telling her family and close friends to stop asking for pictures of her child. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I mean, naturally people are excited to see your child. And if you weren’t going to share pictures, why tease them with inanimate baby objects? I’m not a parent. So, I don’t know how protective I’ll feel about my child when he or she gets here. But if I don’t feel comfortable sharing pictures of my actual child right away, I won’t be uploading any taunting type images either.
But that’s just me.
For the mothers out there, when you had children, how long did you wait to share and send pictures?
The Carter’s do not play when it comes to their family costumes for Halloween. While the trio were artists last year (Beyonce was Frida Kahlo, Blue dressed up as Picasso Baby and Jay donned his best Jean-Michel Basquiat gear), this year they spent Halloween as characters from Eddie Murphy’s 1988 classic, Coming to America.
No need to hit Netflix for who they were, the exact costumes are as follows: Jay Z is Prince Akeem of Zamunda, Beyoncé is Queen Aoleon of Zamunda, and Blue Ivy is Imani Izzi, the woman who will never become Princess of Zamunda, no matter how long she jumps on one foot and barks like a dog. But please, go check out this classic flick and you’ll see how perfectly they nailed the regal characters.
Beyonce’s colourful costume was a gorgeous two-piece from a brand called Demestiks from New York City. Selected by stylist Ty Hunter, it was complimented by a headwrap and ornate beaded necklace. She paired the look with a skunk-printed fur, chunky earrings and black and white fringed sandals and carried a large golden goblet filled with rose petals (just like the one in the movie). She later removed her fur and larger head wrap, revealing a smaller, yellow leopard-printed one.
Meanwhile, her hip-hop mogul hubby’s costume was also on point in a tuxedo complete with a leopard-skin stole. He even nailed Akeem’s long braid, bedazzled wedge cap, and we hear he used Akeem’s accent while joking with photographers.
But the star of their movie tribute was definitely Blue Ivy. As seen in a family pic Bey posted on Instagram on Sunday, their daughter wore a gold patterned dress and high ponytail, resembling Imani Izzi, Akeem’s submissive bride and “queen-to-be,” played by Vanessa Bell Calloway.
After watching the Halloween parade as a family, word is that the couple went out for some adult time at a party at the 1 OAK nightclub.
Last weekend, Bey also dressed up for a party, wearing an X-Men outfit to fellow R&B star Ciara’s costume-themed birthday bash.
We love the Carters around here. They don’t sign our checks like some of you are inclined to believe but they’re pretty awesome. And if I had to pick a favorite Carter…it’s still Beyoncé, but Blue is a very close second.
The girl just has so much personality. And all that spirit and spunk can be seen in the images her mama recently posted on her website from the family’s European vacation.
Yes, we already posted about the family’s amazing vacation here but this post is all about Miss. Blue. Check out some of the adorable images on the following pages.
Days after Beyoncé celebrated her 34th birthday, the singer was spotted on a family vacation with hubby, Jay Z; their daughter, Blue Ivy; and Bey’s cousin, Angie. Fellow Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland; her husband, Tim Witherspoon; and their adorable 10-month-old son, Titan Witherspoon, also joined the family for some fun in the sun.
Continue to the next page for more photos from the family’s end-of-summer vacation.
Blue Ivy was born famous. Her parents, Beyoncé and Jay Z, are easily the most recognizable superstars in the whole world. When Blue Ivy was just brought into the world, the sounds of her cries on her father’s song “Glory” made her the youngest person ever to crack the Billboard charts. Her aunt is a famous singer and fashionista, and her grandmother adorns the covers of magazines for being fierce. She has been to more countries than most of the fully-grown adults I know. Her sippy cup collection, which, according to Jay Z, includes a Grammy, probably costs more than my rent. But behind all of that glitz and glamour, at the end of the day, Blue Ivy is a child. A 3-year-old toddler who has been thrust into the unforgiving spotlight by way of her parents.
While we all have our own set of “Blue Ivy is so rich and powerful” jokes, said with respect to her status as a beloved superstar’s child without a seed of malice, the child has also been attacked for not being “conventionally pretty” (whatever that is) and for not wearing her hair in a certain way. Even her nine months in utero were cause for conspiracy theories.
Blue Ivy has never gotten a break from the public.
Not everyone stans for her parents and she receives hostility because of her relation to them. Blue Ivy didn’t ask to be born into her family, but from the outside looking in, she still and should always remain a carefree child. She could be anyone’s innocent kid. But somewhere along the way, the writers of the Amy Poehler-produced Hulu comedy, Difficult People, conveniently forgot that when they made Blue Ivy the punchline of a child molestation joke on a recent episode.
“I can’t wait for Blue Ivy to be old enough for R. Kelly to piss on her.”
The joke was ironically something the lead character had tweeted out and was receiving backlash for. Then, yesterday, fantasy became reality when the Beyhive caught wind of the show’s inappropriate dig at Beyoncé’s daughter.
There is not a single thing funny about this crass joke. It’s mean for the sake of just being mean. A joke that is hiding behind its shock value while its writers no doubt are off somewhere proclaiming that we’re all being too politically correct, the show is meant to be cringe-worthy, and comedy is comedy. Excuse my English, but it ain’t. One thing comedy is supposed to be is funny, and that quip wasn’t. It was just malicious. R. Kelly allegedly peed on an underage girl who probably watched as her shame became a punchline—a viral sensation thanks to an infamous Chappelle’s Show parody skit about the singer’s alleged penchant for golden showers. And while Dave Chappelle used his comedy to highlight the despicable behavior, we never really thought for one second what Kelly did was okay.
So what is the real punchline of their Blue Ivy and R. Kelly joke? That the character hates Blue Ivy so much they hope she grows up and gets sexually abused? After the outrage, you have to consider something else. Would they have made this joke about Violet Affleck or Harper Beckham or Suri Cruise? Subbing R. Kelly for another alleged sexual abuser like Roman Polanski? If we’re keeping it real, the answer is hell no. This is because Black children are not seen as children in the eyes of the public. They are sexualized early and deemed without innocence long before their Caucasian counterparts. Think back to the 2013 tweet from satirical news site The Onion about a then 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis:
“Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #oscars2013”
The backlash to that non-joke was swift and furious, and The Onion quickly deleted that tweet, with its CEO, Steve Hannah, issuing an apology.
On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars. It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.
No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.
The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.
In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.
Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry.
Even in the guise of satire, calling a 9-year-old girl a cunt is unacceptable. That word is still considered one of the most potent insults that can be lobbed at an adult person, so when you call a young Black girl that word, you are robbing her of her innocence. You are making a statement about the open disregard for Black vulnerability and innocence.
What the writers on Difficult People did was masquerade a humorless and shocking one-liner as comedy. But Blue Ivy is a child, and she should not be the punchline of a sexual joke. Hell, of any jokes for that matter. If you must make someone the butt of a joke, rag on her parents all you want to. They signed up for it and probably don’t bat an eye at it nowadays. But when you lob disgusting insults at helpless children you are telling the world loud and clear that, in my opinion, you are a garbage human being. Think about your child, or the children in your family, and how you would feel if someone went after them for a cheap laugh. There’s so much comedy in the world to pull from if you are talented enough to recognize it. Do your homework and stop attacking innocent children.
God knows that we love us some Blue Ivy. So we were too tickled to see the adorable throwback photo that Mama Bey shared over the weekend.
The beautiful mommy-daughter moment was likely captured by celebrity photographer Patrick Demarchelier, who led the Grammy Award-winning singer’s March 2013 Vogue photo shoot.
“The real cover girl,” Bey gushed over then 1-year-old Blue on Instagram. “My delicious Blue Blue at 11 months.”
The flashback photo followed a post celebrating Beyoncé’s 2013 cover with the fashion publication. As previously reported, the singer appears on Vogue’s September 2015 issue, which is scheduled to hit newsstands Tuesday, August 18.
Boy do we wish we had cribs like these! These celebrity nurseries start as “low” as $20k with Blue Ivy topping out at over $1million. Lucky kids!
All images courtesy of WENN
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Earlier this week, we posted the absolutely gorgeous images from Mama Tina’s wedding ceremony. But as you well know, after the ceremony, it’s the after party. And with a major musical family like this one, it looks like it was quite lit. Check out some beautiful images that were taken after the ceremony and get your life.