Beyonce for W Magazine

Posted on June 16, 2011

Okay, we really liked how W styled Xtina for the July issue, but attention must be paid to the lady who shares cover space with her this month.


Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Carmen Cass (SILENT)

W Magazine July 2011 Issue
Editorial: Beyoncé: Fierce, Fearless, Female
By Lynn Hirschberg
Photographs by Patrick Demarchelier
Styled by Alex White

On her videos: “When I sing a song, I definitely have the image for the video in my mind. I kind of hear the choreography that will be in the video, and I can see how I’ll look, even before anyone—the record company, the director—has heard the song.”

On naming her album 4: “The fans have named the album 4, and four is my favorite number. It’s an important number in my life: the date of my birthday, my mom’s birthday, my husband’s birthday, the day I got married. Barack Obama is the 44th president, and I performed ‘At Last’ by Etta James at his inauguration.”

The interview’s only mildly interesting, but the pictures are FABULOUS. Seriously, the girl has a history of fierce, but she’s turned up the fierce dials to 11 with this one. It’s not just the fantastic styling and makeup; she really BROUGHT IT for the camera.

Givenchy Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Laura McCone (ELITE)

Givenchy Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Natalia Vodianova (VIVA)

Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Nyasha Matonhodze (ELITE)

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Constance Jablonsk

Marc Jacobs Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Kate Kosushkina

Gucci Fall 2011 Collection/Model: Anja Rubik

Marc Jacobs’s silk organza top; Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci’s silk satin bra

[Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier via wmagazine.com, style.com]

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

    Enh. Maybe she just bothers me, but not a huge fan of the photos.

    • Anonymous

      Agree.  She bothers me and I am NOT a fan of these pics.  

  • Anonymous

    She does look amazing… That pic of her in the bra and glasses is now my desktop pic…but in some of those shots it looks like they elongated her legs and took out her eyebrows. She looks like other people –  like Iman, Toni Braxton, Gina from “Martin”… but not Bey… 

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      I do like the glasses one as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

      OMG She totally looks like Tisha Campbell in that… (leather diaper?) …picture.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sick of looking at her.

  • george farjou

    girl looks fiercely photoshopped

  • george farjou

    girl looks fiercely photoshopped

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

    The fierceness is in the lighting, not in the look or the clothes. In the last pic her face almost looks like a marionette.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ERWMGMWBPWZ224A46FDVS32JYY Celebrate The odd

    Honestly, I dont like her facial expressions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61101261 Becca Robson

      I know, what is up with her face???

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        She looks physically ill in some of these shots

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

        She looks physically ill in some of these shots

  • Rand Ortega

    Don’t get the hate. She’s gorgeous, talented & drama free. A genuinely nice young woman. The photos are sexy, adventurous & beautiful. They’re 1 of the best spreads I’ve ever seen her in. 

  • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

    Liking the clothes, styling, and photos, but I don’t recognize her in some of them, especially the last one. Wonder what they looked like before photoshopping.

  • Anonymous

    Not feeling the fierce. Beyonce is definitely a beautiful woman, and the clothes are amazing, but her expressions are pretty dull here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3NXBVKLOMNGCAVCVXOVWDGD3SE Marissa

    She looks amazing, but is it just me or does her face look really strange in the last 3 pictures? It looks like she aged 25 years or something. Maybe it’s just my computer…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=644421874 Janice Fercho

      not just your computer, she looks utterly unrecognizable to me in those final 3 photos….

  • Anonymous

    I think she looks fantastic and puts the runway models to shame.

  • http://prosopopeya.livejournal.com/ Rachelle

    It’s weird… In a couple of these she doesn’t look like herself. The last one and the Marc Jacobs couch one specifically.

    • Anonymous

      I agree – those are the pictures I looked at a few times, and I still don’t see Beyonce. She is gorgeous, why make her look like someone else?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L6FKGKUXWF6QSWWYAHJZYKKI3E Adrian

    This whole shoot should be next to the dictionary definition of “fierce.” I’m not a huge fan of Beyoncé, to be honest, but this is pure attitude gold.

  • http://twitter.com/MontaukinFeb Rage Kage

    I bet that green sequin dress looks SO much better on Beyonce. <3

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of her music, but I think she looks fabulous here.  And yes, she’s photoshopped to within an inch of her life, but that is so much par for the course it is hardly worth mentioning.  Fierce, indeed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/NoFun-Angie/1002886920 NoFun Angie

    This shoot makes her look a wee drag queen-y, especially in the last few shots. Like they slipped in “the other Tyra” to see if we’d notice. ;)
    Fierce clothes though!

    • Anonymous

      Yeeees. She looks so much like her in the last shot. The second to last is giving me a little bit of an Erykah Badu look in the face. Neither of these is a criticism. I think she worked it out here.

      • Anonymous

        Yes – she looks like Raja – or Lady Chablis.  Good poses, but her face looks busted.

    • Anonymous

      Yeeees. She looks so much like her in the last shot. The second to last is giving me a little bit of an Erykah Badu look in the face. Neither of these is a criticism. I think she worked it out here.

  • Anonymous

    whoa

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

    some of these look like she doesn’t have eyebrows or something, but she looks great in the rest!!

  • Terence Ng

    Is it weird that I particularly like the placement of her left hand in the first inside photo?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=658784393 Meghan Kovelsky

    Is it me or does the last picture TOTALLY look like Raja?

    • http://www.facebook.com/CatherineKatz Catherine Katz

      I was going to say that!!  Totally!

  • Anonymous

    Good pictures. I like that her skin doesn’t look like it’s been lightened.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=52805467 Adam Christopher Maniff

    I can’t believe no one has said it yet. She looks like Raja in the last picture. But I am totally buying this issue and putting that red picture up somewhere. If I were 14 years old, it would have been inside my locker. Who run the world? B do.

  • bookish

    I like her, but her face looks dead in a lot of these shots, especially the cover.

  • http://twitter.com/Naddy_Lite Ms. Nadege

    I like the photos. She does better when photos are “fierce”-themed. Don’t know how she would do with a shoot like Christina Aguilera’s W shoot. I like it though, she looks hot!

  • Anonymous

    Wow. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000864044178 Courtney Trusty

    Some of these photos don’t even look like her.  They need to fire Mariah’s retoucher stat

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    She looks amazing.  11 is right.

  • Anonymous

    She is giving such good face that at time she doesn’t look like Beyonce.

  • MilaXX

    Not a Bey fan by any means, but I have to admit these are some nice shots

  • http://twitter.com/Space_Kitty Space_Kitty

    Well, we’ve answered the eternal question, “Who the hell can rock those damned granny panties?” 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Luke-Thomas/100001097142086 Luke Thomas

    Sigh – the photos are beautiful, but much like our friend Christina Hendricks, the high fashion world does not seem to know how to deal with a woman who (relatively speaking) has curves, and so they put in her in glamorous underwear.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    she makes the d/g green unreasonably shriek w/ the wonderful. good job. i’m not crazy about all of them, but perhaps the dazed crew got ahold of some of these in advance &, realizing they couldnt really do better, decided to not even try & instead make, like, w/ the drips?

    i am not even gonna seriously gripe about the wretched photoshop in the final shot. compared to what they did to poor CA, it’s genius.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    she makes the d/g green unreasonably shriek w/ the wonderful. good job. i’m not crazy about all of them, but perhaps the dazed crew got ahold of some of these in advance &, realizing they couldnt really do better, decided to not even try & instead make, like, w/ the drips?

    i am not even gonna seriously gripe about the wretched photoshop in the final shot. compared to what they did to poor CA, it’s genius.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    I really couldn’t care less about Beyonce. But that cover look was MADE for her. Suits her perfectly, and I have to admit, she looks pretty great in this spread.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637520850 Madison Chua

    Beyonce is really not that great a model. She’s beautiful but she doesn’t evoke any positive response from me. I look at these and her previous editorial pictures and they just do not look scream glamour.  Not inspiring at all.

  • Anonymous

    These are amazing! New respect for her fierceness!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think she looks fierce. I think she looks vacant. Not a good look for her. She’s at her best when warm (read: hot) and approachable.

  • Anonymous

    My favorite is the shot of her in green Givenchy, with the dramatic lighting.

    I thought her eye makeup was especially good in some of the shots.

    Over all, I think the credit needs to be shared out with the team. (stylists, hair & makeup, lighting, photographer & photoshopper.) Everyone’s input is evident.

  • Anonymous

    the last three photographs are a completely different person. 

  • http://moodring54.livejournal.com/ moodring54

    Love her, the clothes, the poses, and the staging, but I am not feeling those bleached eyebrows.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the sparkly Dolce and Gabbana dress. The photos are better on her Dazed and Confused cover, which was good but not as good as these.

    Also got to love those cute Louis Vuitton hats.

  • http://profiles.google.com/vispreeve Daniel Vispreeve

    She kinda looks like Raja in some of the pictures…

  • Anonymous

    Amaizing sprent, the girl BROUHT it and those clothes complement her persona pergectly and the lighting is dreamy.
     And yes, she doesn’t look like herself, but as i see it, she is fotographed as a showgirl, and showgirls change theyre image acording to the role they’re playing, no? And in this photoshoot she played more than one role, and tha’s what i like about it. If you want to see the real Bey you must visit her at home!!

    And a question: We’ve been seen a lot of hats latelly, are they comming back? I hope so, i love hats, i want the one she is wearing with the Givenchy and the polca dot one, they have a 30′s feel to them…

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t she the one who used to show up everywhere in god-awful clothes her mother picked out for her?  (Or some such thing?)  She has come a looooong way. 

  • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

    They did digitally edit her face an awful lot though. No like. Otherwise, they’re pretty fabulous pics.

  • Anonymous

    Her face does look a bit odd to me in some of them, and I’ve pinpointed it to the eyebrows, I’m almost positive. But she does look fierce! I’m always on the fence with her – neither love nor hate, but I do enjoy her 99.8% of the time. Dare I say, I think all of these clothes look better on her than the models? She looks wonderful.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2B6U4UNVYIV5DLEG6Z24ALYOC4 Dan Alexander

    She is a African American woman, right? Sometimes she seems to try and bleach her hair blond and skin is so light, it’s very nice to her skin close to it’s natural color. Celebrate your culture woman and stop selling out! 
    Jennifer Hudson, now there is a beautiful black woman!

  • Anonymous

    I REALLY do not think that is Beyonce.

  • Anonymous

    This is an Editorial Fashion + WERQ entry!

  • Anonymous

    I hardly recognize her.  I really dislike that first pic of her in the first Givenchy with the mask.   Think she cheapens the D&G look. 

      

  • Anonymous

    Love her in the red Louis Vuitton jacket, love her in the sequined Dolce & Gabbana. She puts the models to shame.

  • Anonymous

    Love her in the red Louis Vuitton jacket, love her in the sequined Dolce & Gabbana. She puts the models to shame.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to disagree, but I think she looks horrid. And she looks dead on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa. That last one doesn’t look like Beyonce at all to me.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa. That last one doesn’t look like Beyonce at all to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502834383 Jennifer Marie Wegmann-Gabb

    I think the post-processing effects ruins these photos.  They’re interesting and fierce and then the photographer went in and added all these weird light flares.  Fail. 

  • Anonymous

    God, she’s so full of herself it’s not even funny.

  • Anonymous

    I think I’m going to have to start screaming to relieve the tension. GUUUUUUUURRRRRRL!!! These photos are BEYOND! The only strange thing is that she totally looks like a man in a bunch of the shots. Like a hot man. In drag. My favorite kind.

  • Anonymous

    Not a huge fan but she is looking fierce in these shots. To my eye her face looks so different in the last couple of photos due to the eye makeup and the lighting…especially that last one. But yeah, the last pic. made me think of Raja.

    The girl does have undeniable presence. 

  • Anonymous

    So good it hurts! The stylist werked and this is the first time I was impressed by Ms. B in an editorial.

  • Anonymous

    Getting a serious Iman and/or Grace Jones vibe from a lot of these pics. And, unless she’s been on a starvation diet recently and I missed it, this is the most egregious use of Photoshop since Christina Hendricks’s Burberry ads. Beyonce’s a gorgeous woman, but she hasn’t been that stick-figured since Dreamgirls, if ever.

  • http://twitter.com/hillaryblock Hillary Block

    she looks like iman in some of these. especially the later ones where her eyebrows are lightened

  • http://stitchingincircles.etsy.com Tina

    whoa — she looks like a drag queen version of her self, and NOT pretty — i can’t even recognize her in the last photo. 

  • Anonymous

    Go away granny panties.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668425491 Daniela ‘Dani’ Weiss-Bronstein

    The sequined beret is stunning.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NFFOY4GA4NUZYQ5X4AW5ZQWJTM Maria

    She has an amazing body, but it seems to me like she makes the exact same face in every photo I’ve ever seen of her. Smile every once in a while!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NFFOY4GA4NUZYQ5X4AW5ZQWJTM Maria

    She has an amazing body, but it seems to me like she makes the exact same face in every photo I’ve ever seen of her. Smile every once in a while!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heather-McIlrath/673340132 Heather McIlrath

    she definitely bothers me as well…and she’s either lost 25 pounds, or W magazine has the best retouchers in the world.