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Style Icon Watch 11: Beyoncé

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She has continued to wow the world with her charisma, positive energy and aura, voice, beauty, and stunning dance steps; the Queen is this week’s Style Icon for BeliJose’s Fashion Hauz. 

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She is married to Sean Carter whose stage name is Jay Z, and they share a daughter, Blue Ivy, 4. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. 

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Beyoncé in Hawaii
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Beyoncé with husband, Jay Z

A self-described “modern-day feminist”, her musical repertoire is often characterized by themes of love, relationships, and monogamy, as well as female sexuality and empowerment. Her dynamic and highly choreographed on-stage performances have led many critics to consider her one of the greatest entertainers in contemporary popular music. Throughout a career spanning 19 years, she has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award show’s history. The Recording Industry Association of America recognized her as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s (decade). In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s (decade) and handed their Millennium Award in 2011. Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and 2014. Forbes also listed her as the most powerful female in entertainment of 2015.

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               Beyoncé wearing a sheer while lace bodysuit with frills and           grey ankle boots at her Lemonade tour

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The singer with Kelly Rowland
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         Beyoncé performed Formation at the Super Bowl earlier this         year in this black bodysuit with gold detailing.

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In September 2010, Beyoncé made her runway modelling debut at Tom Ford ‘s Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show. She was named ” World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People and the “Hottest Female Singer of All Time” by Complex in 2012.

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In January 2013, GQ placed her on its cover, featuring her atop its “100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century” list. VH1 listed her at number 1 on its 100 Sexiest Artists list. 

According to Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli , Beyoncé uses different fashion styles to work with her music while performing. In 2007, Beyoncé was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue , becoming the second African American woman after Tyra Banks, and People magazine recognized Beyoncé as the best-dressed celebrity. 

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The Bey Hive is the name given to Beyoncé’s fan base.

She won the 2016 CFDA Fashion Icon Award. A trendsetter, Beyoncé is known for mixing designer wears into a complete outfit. A favorite of Givenchy, the singer is known for mostly wearing the designers collections. Queen Bey, also favors long braids, wavy blond hair and natural makeup. Her accessories are simple fashion statements and she is known for her love of stilettos.

She recently released a sportswear label,  IvyPark collection in collaboration with TopShop.

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        Beyoncé at the CFDA where she received the award for 2016    Fashion Icon

Beyoncé’s current music tour has been hailed in fashion circles for her collection of custom made bodysuits by world leading fashion designers, thigh-high boots, fashion accessories and makeup.

 

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