Today we’re attempting to get ourselves together, after we lost it with the release of Beyonce’s Black Is King on Disney Plus.
The visual album coincides with the first anniversary of her role in The Lion King and is based on the music from her album The Lion King: The Gift.
Filmed over the course of the past year, in multiple countries, the music is a gift, that’s a given, however the outfits…where do we even begin to speak about the outfits?
From leopard-print bodysuits to bright organza gowns, Bey has well and truly brought it with multiple outfit changes (has anyone counted each and every single one yet? We’ve tried…multiple times) over the course of the 85-minute festival of delight and cultural wonder.
So we thought we’d single out some of the most brilliant sartorial moments to share a snippet of the visual excellence Beyonce has bestowed upon us.
(We’ve tried to get them as in order as we can…)
The white dress
The opening of Black Is King starts with Beyonce singing Bigger as she walks along a beach, crading a baby, wearing an amazing white, layered gown that she wears throughout in various scenes.
We also see amazing shots of waterfalls, with our first cameo from Bey’s eldest daughter Blue Ivy. But this dress, well, this dress brought it from the get go.
Her sparkling number for Find Your Way Back
Bey dons an epically sparkling outfit for a dance number for Find Your Way Back.
She wears a few costumes of equally dazzling glory, as she aces choreography on sand dunes and on the beach.
Don’t Jealous Me, ft. Tekno, Mr. Eazi, Yemi Alade
Queen Bey doesn’t make a massie appearance in this film, letting others take centre stage – however she does make a quick visit with a snake draped around her shoulders while wearing a silver minidress.
Leopard-print for Mood 4 Eva
This is where we welcome Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z to perform their tune, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the iconic bodysuit the queen wears in the opening of the song – with a matching car to boot.
Continuing on the theme we follow the pair around a mansion as this also becomes our mood 4 eva.
Backed by her crew she slips into an elaborate leopard-print gown as she struts about the expansive abode.
Bodysuit for Already
Another bodysuit comes out for Already, where Bey films a dance scene in a warehouse.
Like, sure, she wears about 278 other outfits just during this song, however no one can pull off a bodysuit quite like Bey which is why we bow down to this outfit.
Off-the-shoulder dess for Water
This dress from the tune Water, performed alongside Salatiel and Pharrell Williams, only makes a brief appearance but it’s a strong one.
Pastels for Brown Skin Girl
It’s hard to pick a favourite moment from Black Is King, but Brown Skin Girl, from the cameos to the whole aesthetic is up there.
Blue makes another starring appearance, singing her bit in the tune, with Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o and Bey’s Destiny’s Child BFF Kelly Rowland all making their respective cameos and performances.
Are we crying? Yes.
Hooded dress for Otherside
Cradling a baby once more, before placing it into a basket, Bey dons a brown hooded dress as she walks along a riverbank.
Multicoloured gown for My Power
Another epic dance number calls for another brilliant gown, with Bey rocking this dress at one stage during another outfit-laden song.
Honestly, this one might be the most visually striking. Which says something.
Blue makes another adorable cameo, as well…
Yellow gown from Spirit
We’d already been treated to a feast for the eyes for Beyonce’s tune Spirit – released around the time of The Lion King – however this is a delightful refresher for how amazing not only that song is, but the outfits that go with it.
You try and not get shivers in this re-worked wonder that has Bey opening the song singing a capella only with a choir.
Black Is King is on Disney Plus now.
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