Cover Girl: Beyonce for Dazed & Confused Magazine

Posted on June 11, 2011

A very blonde Beyonce works some very blue eyeshadow and some crazy Givenchy.


July 2011 Issue of Dazed & Confused, featuring Beyonce
Styled by Karen Langley
Photographed by Sharif Hamza

Givenchy Fall 2011 Collection

There’s a LOT of pattern on the cover and because we all have our little things that set us off, we’ve decided to zero in on her nails and declare them a bridge too far. Okay, yes. Maybe the crazy panties are bit much too, but we think the outfit’s fun. And we really like her hair like that. It just doesn’t need to be that blonde. Still, it’s a good cover. We’d notice it on a magazine rack.

Discuss the merits. Show your work. We’ll be off refreshing our drinks.

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  • Loren S

    I’m a little uncomfortable by how whitewashed she looks.

    Also, that is Kate Gosselin’s hair.

    • Amye

      OMGosh Loren, you’re right!

      Maybe it’s appropriate, since I’ve always thought Beyonce was a fame-whore – albeit a talented one – as well.

      Good cover, and as one who likes (& wears) the funky nails, I like them.  It’s the panties I don’t like.

    • Anonymous

      It is Kate Gosslin’s hair! And I don’t like the face she is giving. 

  • Dani Colman

    It’s the lepoard-print bra that carries it over the edge for me.  And the seam running up her midsection.  If you have to use the animatronic version of Beyonce for a cover, it might be wise to cover up the access panel.

    • Anonymous

      Good call on the seam. lol

    • mandyjane123700

      There’s so much going on I didn’t even notice the leopard print bra, but I did notice the seam above the wacko underwear. lol

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering what the hell that was?? I thought it looked like a C-section scar, or an injury or something. What is it? 

  • Anonymous

    One word: Jerseylicious.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t get past the ice cream drippage.  In my head I keep yelling, “Quick! Beyonce needs a moist towelette!”

  • MilaXX

    Are they crackled? Nothing to get very excited about. It’s Bey on the cover of a mag. I think she looks fine, but I’m not a huge Bey fan.

  • Missy West Shore

    She got ice cream on it! eek.

  • Sara Munoz

    What magazine?! OK, I haven’t hit the newsstand much lately, but really, this has got to be the most obscure title you’ve featured. Right???

    • Amelia Nitrate

      Not really, it’s an internationally respected and known art/design/music magazine. It’s common to see this everywhere in London.

  • Anonymous

    There is a “Dazed and Confused” magazine?  And the target audience is . . . ?

  • Anonymous

    I love the whole thing, including the dripping strawberry ice cream. In this case the excess works. 

    • Dina dV

      I agree.  And mostly because her face looks so beautiful in the photo and despite everything that’s going on around it, her face is the focal point.  Everything else looks like a swirl around it. 

  • Susan Foster

    I just can’t get beyond the open mouth.  So annoying.  Not hot, not sexy – boring.

  • Lisa

    I’m one of those rare people who thinks Beyonce looks like a cheap hooker most of the time, and this is no exception.  She looks like she just dragged her ass in from Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Judy Raddue

      I wouldn’t usually go so far as a cheap hooker – rather a high-rent Vegas call girl – but this does border on streetwalker.

      What most disturbs me, though, is her increasingly blonde hair…  Au naturel, Beyonce is a gorgeous gal.  It’s past time that she take a page out of Halle Berry’s book and not work it so hard.  The ever-lighter hair/skin is getting close to Michael Jackson territory, and she already has moved beyond Jessica Rabbit.  

      For gawd’s sake, if she looks like this at not-quite-29, what in hell is she going to look like in 10 years???

      • Anonymous

        I agree about the blond hair–I think the outfit is fine for a cover….it’s an eye-catching cover and Beyonce is carrying it off.  But the very blond hair is disturbing.  

  • taodon

    Discuss the merits?  They made her stand there trying to get a shot for so long the ice cream dripped all over those curtains!  For shame.

  • taodon

    Discuss the merits?  They made her stand there trying to get a shot for so long the ice cream dripped all over those curtains!  For shame.

  • { edi } ilovetrash

    dazed tends to do this: take a goodlooking person, put them in gorgeous clothing, force to the surface flaws the eye would never elsewise even see, make them look bad. i particularly remember a similar alicia keys cover.

    i think they do this cos they think it’s edgy. i dont know if it’s edgy or not. i’m not sure that they, collectively, are in the cranial condition it takes to follow this thread to its end, the thread being {ugliness=distinctiveness=beauty}. i’m not sure theyre not. when i bought hundreds of dollars worth of fashion magazines a month, dazed was one of the best.

  • Sara__B

    Dazed and Confused is a British magazine. Supposedly the theme of the photo shoot is “trailer park gone glam”. From Socialite Life website: “Photographed by Sharif Hamza, the music-themed issue’s
    trailer park gone glam shoot features Beyonce the singer firing up the
    grill, blowing a bubble, downing a Big Gulp, and lounging in a plastic
    lawn chair.”

  • Anonymous

    The only way i can look this cover is with sunglasses, and still it makes my eyes hurt!!
    I mean, yea, every single thing looks fun and pretty on it’s own… But did she really had to wear all that at once, and i don’t mean just the clothes, make up, hair and freaking nails too…even the background looks busy for gods sake. I think that having that magazine in the room would seriously give me a headache if not a migraine!!!

  • Nadege

    Ice cream running on Givenchy??? Oh no!

  • Anonymous

    Fab.  Her expression nicely illustrates the magazine title.

  • Anonymous

    I’m too distracted by the fact that she can’t control her ice cream.  All I can think about is how sticky her hand is, and the fact that there’s probably some secret Givenchy death penalty for getting dairy treats on their clothes.

  • Anonymous

    omg who keeps trying to make granny panties as outerwear happen! seriously who the f@#& is that girl and where is she going cause i don’t want to be there. regarding beyonce, i love cracktasticness of it all, thanks to the posters who explained the trailer trash theme cause the cover makes sense. also the kate gosslin hair with the trailer parkiness of it made me rofl!!

  • Jamie

    Beyonce – beautiful /  outfit – NOT!

  • Barbara Guttman

    Does she have a scar on her abdomen?  I like everything from the waist up and then I noticed what appears to be a…seam, running up her front.  But it’s hard to tell if it’s a dangling thread, a scar, or a stick bug.

    And someone needs to tell women (it’s not rampant amongst the menfolk) to close their mouths!  Dazed and confused indeed…

  • UltimaEsperenza

    Leopard print bra?  That’s more distracting to my eye than the nails.  Too bad they probably didn’t let her eat any ice cream. :(

  • Anonymous

    I thought that Beyonce’s ice cream was a really cool, expensive, detailed little metallic purse (I thought the drips were straps) and I’m disappointed that it isn’t.

    I hate Dazed and Confused. It’s one of those magazines like The Face and ID (do you get those in the States?) that puts celebrities on the cover but pretends to be far too unique and edgy to care about them. “Pop vs Life”??? Tres pretentious, non? At least the National Enquirer is honest about what it is.

    Love the top, love the eye makeup, love Beyonce.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE this, especially the eyeshadow – she looks awesome.

  • Anonymous

    For me, the open mouth (WHEN will that stop being a “thing”??!!) and blue eyeshadow under the eye are the bridge too far. Love the hair, the nails, the clothing, the pose. She is unbelievably gorgeous.

  • andrew

    I’m with the “confused” crowd. The leopard bra, the mystery line on her tummy, the open mouth, the panties:  it’s all too weird for me.  I see a pretty girl in a fabulous top who could have looked marvelous if they had stopped there.

  • andrew

    I’m with the “confused” crowd. The leopard bra, the mystery line on her tummy, the open mouth, the panties:  it’s all too weird for me.  I see a pretty girl in a fabulous top who could have looked marvelous if they had stopped there.

  • Patricia Biswanger

    She does indeed look dazed and confused.

  • Anonymous

    Love the eye makeup and eyebrows. As for everything else, it does catch the eye so I guess it gets the job done. The predominant vibe, though, is Trying Too Hard.

  • JillR

    Why *do* people think Beyonce is so gorgeous?  Her face is boringly symmetrical, and there’s nothing behind her eyes except dollar signs.  Puh-leaze.

  • Anonymous

    I kind of like it, but only because it’s slightly different for Beyonce and her go-to look had become stale.

  • Mary McClelland

    LURVING these Givenchy prints! Love this collection.  I actually like and appreciate Beyonce and think she looks pretty striking here.  

  • Anonymous

    and her unnecessary morph to white girl is nearly complete

  • Anonymous

    I thought Kate Gosselin’s hair was not bad on her.  It’s better on Beyonce as part of the retro reference the light pink lipstick calls to mind.  I think she takes the “aging wealthy fashionable matron” feel out of the print, which is what I think of it on the runway.

    Yeah, the nails are ugly and the eye makeup is perhaps stylized to a fault, but there’s nothing wrong here except the crazy panties. Those may be fun, but they keep the outfit from being something anyone but a real attention whore would wear to go get an ice cream cone, unless the stand were poolside.

  • Fifi LaRoux

    It makes my head hurt.

  • Alloy Jane

    I love the prints but it’s too bad about that bra.  Initially, I didn’t notice it or the silly nails because like others, the dripping ice cream cone drove me to distraction.  Plus, the hair, make-up, and expression make her look like a Real Doll which makes the ice cream cone phallic and makes me roll my eyes at the shit some people pass off as “provocative” or arty, or whatever this is supposed to be.  Maybe it’s supposed to be suggestive of pornography?  In which case, it succeeds as a cover because I looked at it and thought, “she looks like a porno girl.”

  • Mary Nau

    I hate it.  It’s gross.  The ice cream is disgusting and what is going on with her midsection?

    She’s a beautiful woman, but she doesn’t look it here.  Is she SUPPOSED to look drugged out?

  • moodring54

    It’s OTT, but it works for a magazine. I’m not crazy about that shade of blonde either.  I notice the commentary lately about skin-lightening, but I really think that’s an illusion from the hair color. She’s always been light-skinned.

  • Anonymous

    That mouth, she looks like an inflatable doll.

  • Anonymous

    Great styling! I wish I could pull off electric blue eye shadow like that. Also, I hope Givenchy doesn’t mind the ice cream dribbling onto their very expensive sweater.

  •ébaul/100002426617563 Juline Débaul

    Looks good. I just never like the idea of some food ruining it, like icecream dripping from her hand, and I cannot tell how flattering the outfit is on the bottom half, but it is still a fun outfit.

  • Anonymous

    Shoot, I had that same look on my face yesterday after spending the night at Children’s Hospital with my daughter. You cannot sleep in a hospital – it is in the rule book! The only difference is that I didn’t have make up on and we couldn’t have ice cream. Oh, and the only photographer around was me – and there was no way I was taking a pic of me!

    The rest, bleh.

  • Melody Sellers

    I like the cover. I think her hair is too blonde as well, I don’t know why she, as a black woman, has to be blonde.  WTF is up with that???

  • Anonymous

    She just seems whiter and whiter every time I see her. Blonder and blonder every time I see her, less a beautiful multiracial woman and more just an overly tanned white girl. I wish Bey-Bey would take notes from what her younger sister is doing and rock her natural look, but I know she’s been doing this biz forever, and she’s about to change what she’s been doing.
    I LOVE the nails, sorry. The nails and the shirt are the best part about the picture.

  • Anonymous

    Good God, no. The drugged prostitute mouth. The white Southern lady hair. The clothes are cute but the whole thing strikes me as degrading and not fun in the least. Well, at least she LITERALLY looks Dazed and Confused. So maybe that’s what they were going for.

  • Anonymous

    In this age of photoshop, why does she look like she has a happytrail?

  • Valerie Owens

    That chick gives good face.  Can’t look away!

  • Anonymous

    She looks vapid here, which she is not. Don’t like this look or face on her. That bra — whaaaa???

  • Anonymous

    At first I was slightly put off (more so by the hair than anything else), but after reading the comments explaining the trailer park gone glam concept, I think this is kind of awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Ok have to say it, I’ve always found her a bit boring. god knows she’s lovely and meticulously professional, but…meh. I suppose this getup is supposed to keep her current and edgy, but..meh. Nail polish and all. I kinda wish she’d scram for a while….

  • MarieanneDH

    She looks as though she’s about to hurl.

  • Ella Loure

    She looks a little out of it, like she’s about to sneeze on the camera.  The blue eyeshadow somehow makes her eyes look inflamed.

    Am missing real models in fashion editorials.  This whole celebrity/pseudo-model thing is driving me nuts, since they all seem to have the same stance and same face.  Like they’re all taking lessons from the same modeling coach.

  • Elizabeth Winer

    She’s getting ice cream on some very expensive clothes.

  • Anonymous

    I just can’t get past the blow-up sex doll face

  • Alexandria N

    TLO are wrong, it is not the nails that are over the top, the nails are FAB. it is the bra. not that  colored or printed bra is wrong with this, but a bra in colors and prints that HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH the rest of it? no no no. TLO are right, she is WAY too blonde and blownout has been for some time. love that shirt.

  • Anonymous

    All I keep thinking is that I’d be a pissed designer if they would allow ice cream to drip on that shirt.

  • Anonymous

    these look like 80s Versace

  • Svanhild Salmons

    Hair and makeup: great
    Melty ice cream: fine
    top: fine
    bottom(s): Michael Kors has gone on the record as being against layered underpants, and I agree.
    I think this would appear much more egregious if we could see more of her legs in the shot.