Beyonce for UK Harper’s Bazaar

Posted on August 05, 2011

If it’s not obvious by now, allow us to articulate: we think of celebrities as our own private little fashion dolls, complete with made-up histories and personalities. Far healthier than actually giving a crap what these drama queens are really like, we say. In that vein, our Beyonce doll just took one look at our Lea Michele doll’s spread for the U.S. version of Harper’s, sneered, pffted, and said “That little girl is gonna try and outdiva me? Gimme that dress,” and got that shit DONE.

Newsstand Cover in Gucci

Beyonce for UK Harper’s Bazaar September 2011 issue
Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski
Styled by Franck Benhamou

While she was at it, she did some diva name-dropping to secure her superior position:


On working with Lady Gaga: “She’s not afraid. I love that. She wanted me to do something crazy, and so I just rolled with it.”

On her friendship with Gwyneth Paltrow: “She pushes her boundaries all the time. You go to her house and she makes you feel like you never want to go home. She is what I strive to be one day.”

And then she worked that bod, gave good face, burned a hole in the lens, and stomped off the set on 6-inch platforms, her hips popping the whole way.

Subscriber’s Cover in Armani Privé

Armani Privé


Azzedine Alaïa


Our Lea doll was last seen crying.


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  • Mori Clark

    she is SO FIERCE. i have gone from being rather apathetic about her to thinking she is pretty much the hottest diva of this century lately. 

    • Anonymous

      haha, you too? i used to actively hate her, for no particular reason. i guess i thought she was plastic and overblown. now i kinda love her, even if i still only like about half of the songs she releases.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve always wanted to see Beyonce and Tyra in the same room, I think the world would implode with fierceness

    • Dina dV

      Or bugnut insanity.

      • MilaXX

        my money is on bugnut

        • Anonymous

          Ditto that.

      • Anonymous

        Totally bugnut. I think Beyonce would win.

  • Anonymous

    Beyonce hearts fierce, I get it. But for once, I’d like to see her do a spread in something romantic or dreamy or aerial. She does the “I’m going to rip your effing head off if you cross me and smile while doing it” so well, but so often; show us some range Bey.

    • D J

      If you watch her video “Flaws and All” it’s about the only time you see her in a somewhat normal mode. 

      I mean she walks around in the Louisiana Bayou in Couture and stilettos with JLo hair for little snippets, but then you kinda get a glimpse of her being silly, sweet, a little goofy even. It’s kind of an endearing video.

  • Anonymous

    She is so much prettier than this. Yes, she looks gorgeous in the clothes, and technically they are good images, but the heart has been post-processed out of them.


    • Anonymous

      I have to agree, both heart and soul processed out.  But it does make the doll analogy make sense.  It does come off as doll diva and cartoon fierce, a disservice to Beyonce who, yes, is prettier than this, with I believe much more heart and soul to her, and seemingly a fair amount of sweetness.  But then again I like to think of a diva as someone like Maria Callas, Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday — women with plenty of heart and soul who had earned the right to tell you to fuck off, but who still managed to display more depth than attitude.

  • Anonymous

    I have a newfound obsession with her since I found out that she did all the styling for the “Why Don’t You Love Me?” video herself, because that is seriously one of the greatest achievements of the decade. 

    • theneva

      She did? Holy shit. That makes her devotion constantly wearing her hear with that extremely unflattering center part all the more inexplicable.

  • Anonymous

    Loves it.

    LOVES that bracelet in the last photo.

  • Nora Mulllin

    I really wish she’d learn to take a photo with her mouth closed. Fierce as hell, yes. Would I love to see her softer side, also yes. That’s why she’s not a fabulous model, she has no range. She’s a diva and looks fantastic in clothes but she’s never done anything different.

    • Anonymous

      Nearly all these spreads these days have the subjects wearing incredible clothes with their mouths agape like they are terminal mouth breathers.  I think it’s supposed to look sexy, but the reality is wholly unattractive.

  • Anonymous

    The Marines are contracting Beyonce for their new laser targeting system. They’ll project this photo spread onto the side of a mountain and it will explode the enemies brains from pure awesome.

  • Anonymous

    NOW were talking!

  • Anonymous

    NOW were talking!

  • { edi } ilovetrash

    why is she standing on a bed in high heels pointing a camera at herself?

    • Anonymous

      Wait?  You’ve never done that?  For me, that’s just Tuesday night….

    • Kallie Markle

      Fashion editorials are not the place to ask ‘why’; you’ll never be able to stop!

    • Anonymous

      shes a video artist, shooting a short film starring her own shadow. the draped curtains are just a nice backdrop. it all makes perfect sense.

    • Anonymous

      Ha!  The cat has stolen my glasses yet again and I thought she was holding a vase full of black flowers, which totally confused me.  Now I see it’s a camera with the bottom of the detail on the wall.  LOL! 

      I’ve got to find those glasses. Again.

  • Anonymous

    Shut That Back Door! She is werk’n like county checks came in and Louboutin’s are on sale.

  • Kallie Markle

    She’s such a pro, I really enjoy her work. 

  • MinAgain

    She really got her Kardashian on for this shoot, didn’t she?

    • Anonymous

      I thought it was Kim Kardashian at first.

  • MilaXX

    I like the Gucci in the darker color and she looks great in the clothes, can’t say she gives good face though. She seems to only have 1, albeit very well made up, face.

  • Susan Bullard Mayer

    The photo of her on the bed is just exploding with DIVA FIERCENESS!

  • loserfairy

    I love Beyonce. I  used to not care for her, but then i really started to love her, ever since she surprised the students at Harlem School PS161 and looked like she was having the time of her life. She works being a diva and she has FUN doing it.

  • Robert Sanchez

    She is wearing the shit out of that Prive. Fierce (with extravagant finger waving)!

  • Anonymous

    In my next life I want to have a closet full of Armani Prive, have a bedroom with ceilings that tall and wake up with a bod just like Beyonce…booty and all. She’s stunning…no doubt about it.

  • Anonymous

    Once again they photoshopped any personality right out of the girl. That subscriber cover doesn’t even look like her. Although I love the newstand cover. Girl can do fierce.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a one-note Beyonce. Amazing how they can make an utterly beautiful and vibrant woman look utterly dull.

  • Anonymous

    Girl looks hot as shit.

  • Anonymous

    Girl looks hot as shit.

  • Emily

    holy shit, she looks amazing.

  • Anonymous

    At least Lea can breath through her nose.

  • Anonymous

    I keep getting the optical illusion that she’s wearing a flesh-colored bib in that last photo. Time to put down the glass of vino, I guess. 

  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    God, I fucking love that Armani dress.

  • Anonymous

    Not impressed.

    • CallMeChristy . . .

      She just doesn’t carry high fashion garments well to me.

  • Anonymous

    She is fabulous.  Her name doesn’t belong in the same sentence as Lea Michele’s.

  • Anonymous

    The Armani dress shot is beyond fabulous.

  • Jeremy Rueger

    what a stupid thing to say about gwyenth! 

  • Vera

    B looks way fierce and all, but Is name dropping Gwyneth upping the cool quotient?

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Yeah, you show those little wannabe’s how it’s done! Fierce is the word and she is killing that Armani P.!

  • Christopher Brathwaite

    Bitch you betta WERK!!!!!!

  • Bree The Vole


    LOL at open-mouth complaints though. The ratio is 50-50 in these pics, she could have done worse. And if you’re as hot as she is I’m sure you’d need the extra ventilation too. 😉

  • korilian

    I actually think Lea was more fierce.

  • Mary Nau

    I don’t know.  50/50.  Not bad, not great.

  • Suzie Vazquez

    she wants to be like gwyneth? shouldn’t that be the other way around? those two.. fascinating..  i don’t get it.

  • Anonymous

    Aaaaaand this is how you WORK a photoshoot.
    Honestly, she could be wearing a paper sack, pull that expression and I would think she looks fiercer than anyone.

  • Anonymous

    “Our Lea doll was last seen crying.”

    Ha! Lea hasn’t been around long enough for anyone to even think she’s a diva. I mean, she’s so much better than the little 3rd rate poptarts who will be lucky to be more than one hit wonders, but she’s nowhere close to Beyonce.

    I’ve never been a fan of Beyonce’s music, but she’s just so damn fabulous I have to love her. She’s killing that Armani Prive.

  • myblackfriendsays

    Work it girl. You’re right, when you compare her to that glee chick–fuggedaboudit.

  • Fifi LaRoux

    Luv uh!

  • Anonymous

    Oh my god, I want that Alaia dress and the big ol’ bracelet too!  Not much of a Beyonce fan myself but she sure can work that lens.  “Fasten your seat belts…’s going to be a bumpy night!”

  • Anonymous

    I’m sick of looking at her.

  • Anonymous

    Oh *yea* she did.

  • Graveetas

    Naomi would have taken this photo shoot up a notch.  Thank goodness B has singing to fall back on.

  • Anonymous

    Damn.  She is good. 

  • Anonymous

    Man she’s good.

  • Anonymous

    Hot damn, she is WORKING that shit!  Beyonce is a force of nature.

  • Noiresque

    I’m dying to pull off her wig.