Beyoncé Launches her “Formation” World Tour in Miami

Posted on April 28, 2016

Beyoncé performs during the first stop on her “Formation” World Tour at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.


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Miss Lady Bey has launched her military attack upon the world, which will soon be entirely under her sway. When the history books are written about this moment, they will note that her weapons were hair, glitter, thigh-highs, and a lack of interest in pants or skirts. Let’s examine things a little closer, shall we? Or as close as her no-doubt Amazonian security team will allow.



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We’re loving the Michael Jackson realness she’s serving. Not loving the tiger stripes.

Please don’t throw us in Beyonce jail for saying that, your Beyonceness.


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In all seriousness, there probably will be plenty of scholarly discussions and think pieces centering around her costume choices here. What’s interesting is how she’s working a set of themes in her costumes and how they tend to be a lot of the usual female pop star tropes, but filtered through a rigid – and Bey-specific – uniform. In other words, she’s making every female pop star image trope uniquely her own – by turning all of them into bodysuits.



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Disco ball diva realness.



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Circus performer/Lady Marmalade at a funeral.

No, wait…

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Stevie Nicks, if she hated skirts and scarves.

And of course,

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Style Credits:
Roberto Cavalli black crystal body suit with military braiding and sleeves with snake motif embroidery and velvet tiger printed cuissard boots.
Dsquared2 Victorian-inspired outfit comprised by a black crystal embroidered bustier with velvet, puff shouldered embroidered sleeves, broad brim hat, and lace embellished leather gloves.
Balmain Custom White Lace Body Suit

[Photo Credit:, Courtesy of Roberto Cavalli, Courtesy of Dsquared2]

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  • Coleen

    Loving the pop of bright blue eyeliner.

  • Tea Addict

    Okay, is anyone else obsessed with this new album? I need affirmation from fellow bitter kittens!

    • SuzBald

      OB. SESSED.
      The HBO special hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t know what I was expecting, but not that. The images of black women, every kind of people in love, and of her angry, happy, introspective, maternal, etc. all made for a really cohesive mini-film.

    • halleygee

      Yes! Love it! She can wear all the tacky outfits she wants.

    • aesteve

      It has stuck with me so powerfully from Saturday night – the weaving of the songs with the poetry – really a marvel. And with Prince being on our minds this week, it resounded with me that this woman is in control of her artistry and how she shares it with the world. I’m here for all of it.

    • VioletFem

      I can’t stop listening to it because every listen brings out something new that I hadn’t caught before. This is her best work ever.

    • Yes!!! And I was never anything but a casual fan before this album. I cannot stop listening. It is a revelation.

      • Nicole

        Me too! Wait, I lie, I wasn’t even a casual fan. I wasn’t really a fan. And now I am OBSESSED

    • latina fey

      I CANNOT STOP LISTENING TO IT. Freedom is my new running/workout/breathing anthem.

      • majorbedhead

        I spent 15 minutes of my therapy appointment yesterday raving about this album and its messages. Until Lemonade, I was a casual Bey fan, but man, I’m hooked now.

    • MilaXX

      Lemonade? As someone who is typically not a Bey fan I can honesttly say I am loving it!

      • marlie

        I was never part of the Beyhive either, but I’m just so impressed with Lemonade.

    • HERE. FOR. IT. And like others, I’m no Beystan so it’s all about the work.

    • Radish

      YES. It is so much better than I expected it to be.

    • Eva_baby

      I swear! before Lemonade I was a random fan. i liked her fine. But I watched that special three times and am finding something new each time and I am loving all the black female power imagery, the different sounds, the anger…

      I want to join her backwoods black lady mansion camp. I have 1) natural hair 2) barefeet and 3) a white frilly ankle length dress/nightgown

      • MilaXX

        This is me exactly.

    • macaroni

      Completely obsessed. I’m enamored of her, to be honest, but this album (and the film/music video/art piece) is spectacular. She’s amazing. I am SO, SO sad I didn’t get tickets to her show here in Atlanta on Sunday.

      • halleygee

        I’m sure at the time I heard she was coming I didn’t think twice about going, but this album makes me wish I were!! Would love to catch that show.

        • macaroni

          I wanted to go but was with a client when tickets went on sale. By the time I got out the only ones available were either nosebleeds or the super expensive ones. I checked StubHub yesterday and the cheapest ones I’d consider buying were *$220*. Nope. Love her but I can’t justify that much, sadly.

    • This is actually the first Beyonce album I’ve ever purchased OR listened to in full, and I am in so much awe I don’t even know how I’m functioning.

    • Bethany Joy

      I was also a casual fan before this but now she made me spend my coins! I considered dropping Spotify and switching to Tidal (I’ve since reconsidered and just went and bought the album on iTunes) I’ve watched it 5 times and the songs are now on a constant loop in my head and on my phone. I went and bought a ticket to her show as well. I’m going alone. I’ll need space. It’s a journey. A rollercoaster of emotion. I keep Googling reviews and reactions. I keep hearing the beautiful poetry in my head. She hypnotized me. It was pure art. The gauntlet has been thrown.

    • Darcy H

      Oh my god that visual album. I still haven’t recovered.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Do you even KNOW how many times a day I listen to Hold Up? Lawd have mercy. i love everything about it.

    • flamingoNW


    • Josue Michicol

      Can confirm this is her best work. Ever.

    • Nicole


    • Melissa Brogan

      Yep… never been a huge fan of Bey’s sense of fashion (or even stagewear), but I’m all in for Lemonade. I wish I were going to a show.

  • darnray

    Don’t mind the bodysuits. Kind of hating the footwear across the board, though. And what is on her feet in the disco ball outfit? It looks like she’s wearing plastic booties for the illusion of barefootedness?

    • MsHB

      I was at the show last night. Those are here bare feet. She has ankle length tights/fishnets on.

      • darnray

        Thanks! I saw in another pic elsewhere she was in the water a bit? I’m sure it was a great show.

  • TFinn734

    Love the tiger boots!
    These costumes are pretty… cheeky. She must have ferocious wedgie marks.

    • kimmeister

      Or some industrial strength fishnets to keep the wedgies at Bey (couldn’t help it!).

    • Melanie

      yeah i’m like…i see so much of her ass? and it looks really tortured? like shit, just wear a g string and be done with it (says the stripper)

  • Anna

    My favourite look is the Dangerous-era Michael Jackson bodysuit by far.

  • Apocalipstick Now Redux

    I am bored with underpants and body suits.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I get that Beyonce is very much about her bodysuits, but at some point my eyes start glazing over.

      • dinonyc

        Same. Let’s see some edgy pants. I feel like boyleg bodysuits and boots just stumpify all humans.

        • Sanglots longs

          That’s one of the problems with this: Despite her incredible level of fitness and body contours, the bodysuits don’t really make for good proportions visually, esp. with some of the footwear she’s got on.

    • I get the fatigue fashion-wise … But she dances her ass off in her show. Even little girls in dance recitals wear leotards — it’s part of being able to move around for the performer, and to see the lines of the body for the audience.

      Plus, I never get tired of seeing Bey’s legs and ass. Talk about STRONG! Committed member of the Beyhive here, tho, so I might be a little biased.

      • DJ Angel

        Yes, she is in COMMAND!

      • Gatita

        But men don’t dress like this to dance so it’s not just about being able to move.

        • Sharyn

          Really? In ballet men wear leos and tights.

          • Gatita

            I’m talking about pop music. Ballerinas don’t wear thigh-high boots either.

          • I don’t know if I’ve seen a male pop star who gets down like Beyonce since, well, Prince. I don’t know if she could do what she does dressed like Justin Timberlake or even Michael Jackson.

          • Gatita

            The better comparison is Janet Jackson in Rhythm Nation.

        • lovelyivy

          I have yet to see a male musician dance like this in their shows. Some do dance, but not as long and not as hard. They mostly leave it to the backup dancers, who definitely rock their share of leotards.

      • Sharyn

        And we are looking at photos much closer than even the front row of audience is. When the costumes are revealed in context, I bet no one is focused on them. They are part of a much larger thing.

  • Glam Dixie

    Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look worse. It’s all awful, hair and makeup included.

    • Imasewsure

      Oh no we’ve seen her look much worse… remember when her mom used to make her clothes?

      • Glam Dixie

        Haha, ok, but combined with that hair and makeup it seems more egregious somehow.

    • ohayayay

      It’s all stagewear though. I’m sure it looks great from the cheap seats.

    • I expected so much better. But also, I haven’t seen her shows, I imagine she all EVERYwhere on stage and this is functional. But still, underwhelming, even if they are straight from Lemonade, just, you know, hacked up.

      • Tea Addict

        I’ve been to her concert once and there’s a part where she flies from one stage to another over the audience via harness!

    • I dunno that I think she looks bad per se, but what I’ve always liked about her costumes is that they looked like things I could interpret for the real world. Like the shirt and hat from Flawless or the peplum thing from Grown Woman in Paris. These all LOOK like stagewear to me, so it’s less fun.

    • DJ Angel

      Was at the show last night, and she looked fierce af, harsh lighting and all. She ripped into those lyrics, and the ferocity is real in some of the still shots above. Nothing but respect for the intensity she brought all night.

      • Jaeda Laurez

        I am going to see her next month and i cannot WAIT- my body is READY.

        • DJ Angel

          Enjoy! She don’t play when she comes to slay.

    • They’re not photoshopped, and she’s in the middle of an intense performance. Like if you were photographed in the middle of your exercise routine.

      • lovelyivy

        AND you were exercising for two hours outdoors in muggy ass Florida under hundreds of stage lights.

        I still don’t like her clothes that much, BUT She can look however she wants to and I’m going to be ok with it after Lemonade. Genius can do whatever it wants to do.

        • EXACTLY MY POINT. And this is stage makeup, not photoshoot makeup. Big difference.

          • DJ Angel

            Yes, a lot of the comments on this post chastising the hair, makeup and outfits come from the expectation that this should all come across as if this were the red carpet or the set of a video shoot, LOL. She sang and danced her ASS OFF all night, and looked damn fabulous doing it.

          • I KNOW OMG. People, come on, she is WORKING here.

  • Imasewsure

    Lady Marmalade at a Funeral and Pantless Stevie Nicks are my personal favorites

  • Tee

    I too shall now boycott pants forever!

    • Tea Addict

      I admire your courage!

  • I am sure this was all planned out before his death, but the frilly looks like an homage to Prince.

  • Shawn EH

    Stevie Nicks one is full on N’Orleans Realness. Mardi Gras Witch Bitch!

  • Freynika

    I’m getting more “Barmaid in a Fetish Bar” from the squeaky red bodysuit. That is one epic wedgie she’s getting from it – I don’t feel quite right seeing that much of her contours in that area, like I need to shower now.

    • kimmeister

      I’ve certainly never seen puffed sleeves on a superhero costume before. Perhaps if Anne of Green Gables were a superhero . . .

  • DuBey2

    Love the Roberto Cavalli (aka Michael Jackson homage) and the last look (red-& white) the most. Hate the painted velvet tiger boots but all the rest seem appropriate for her performances and overall look. A dainty shoe would be very under balanced w/the rest of her look, not to mention impossible to move/dance/jump etc all over the stage in.

  • Bey must suffer from so many yeast infections just so she can be that fabulous for the world. For that, she must be loved.

    • Erica

      Yeah, I’m so focused on the idea of the wedgies and the tights and the huge amount of sweat dancing under hot lights, etc., that I can’t actually focus on the costumes, so I’m going to move on. I’m sure it’s a really fun show to see, though!

  • evave2

    I don’t like any of the footwear.

  • dinonyc

    The angel/bride one seems more Prince-inspired to me. Is that when she did her tribute? The stage is lit up pretty purple.

  • kimmeister

    Man that is a lot of costume changes for one night!

  • Latin Buddy

    So there was a heated discussion between friends. One make a joke about being Becky with Good hair and the other friend was upset. That it was a she was making fun of a serious commentary on black beauty (re: hair). I’m not really getting it. Thoughts?

    • Jaeda Laurez

      That Beyonce was making fun of it, or your friend?

  • M. K.

    It’s so weirdly fascinating to me that, on the one hand, she looked amazing in that HBO special, and, on the other hand, her stagewaer is mostly awful (maybe it looks amazing from far away?).

  • GoddessOfThunder

    I’m distracted by the lack of makeup….would seem those costumes would need some lip color and lashes, no?

    • Kimberlini

      Me too. I actually didn’t recognize her in that first photo. And that wig is fried!

  • greymain

    is it just me or is the make-up somehow OFF? Where are the eyelashes???

    • Bethany Joy

      As someone that gets eyelash extensions… the lack of falsies is refreshing. Sometimes I think to myself, “my friend is gluing plastic bits super close to my eyeball and I am paying her to do it. FOR WHY?” The lack of make up is awesome too. She is sweating her ass off and she looks amazing. That face doesn’t need makeup.

      • greymain

        would love to see this as a trend….

  • Michele

    Awed, here.

  • OrangeChia

    I simply don’t think these are flattering.

  • kbshee

    How many hundreds of pairs of fishnets does she travel with? How many does she go through in one concert? Why am I obsessing on this?

    • macaroni

      …maybe even thousands?? You KNOW those babies get snagged during quick changes. I’d bet she goes through almost as many pairs of fishnets as costumes per show.

  • I can practically hear the stomping. SLAY

  • BecomingMe

    Prince was right, albums still matter. Lemonade is a masterpiece.

  • Kristina

    Man, I love Bey and I am living for the album, but this all looks tired. It’s like the tackiness in her personal style is suddenly infecting her usually fabulous stage wear. The black outfit is at least doing something interesting by referencing a corset, but even the combination of prissy and scandalous has already been done. In black. Repeatedly.

  • KittieLynnNYC

    Sorry, everybody, but I’m not a fan of any of these looks. I get that bodysuits are her thing, but at this point, it would be much more attention grabbing and interesting if she chose something else. Pants and skirts are not the enemy, dear girl.
    The hair and makeup aren’t good either.

  • I love how conscious you guys are of pop culture shifts and pop stars’ images. Of course, that’s your JOB, but I’m just relishing how it’s reflected in your writing (compared to the last time you called her Beysic — you understand this is not the moment for it). This is why I love you guys.

  • lisaepc

    It all looks like the same silhouette? Mom got a Simplicity pattern and got a sale on fabric…#justsayin Was hoping for more for stage customing.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She looks unfairly excellent in a bodysuit.

  • I like that red jumpsuit with the puffy small leg-o-mutton style sleeves. It’s superhero by way of Disney princess. Works for me.

    • VCR1

      That’s my fave too. Plus love the kick ass boots!

    • Future ex-Mrs. Malcom Reynolds

      She’s built like what I imagine a real-life Wonder Woman would look like, so superhero Disney princess is a-ok.

  • Lilithcat

    I’ve never been a fan (just not my kind of music), but I understand she may be responsible for the theatrical release, FINALLY!!!!!!!, of Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, one of the most beautiful and compelling films it has ever been my honor to see. And it’s a complete digital remastering yet. It’s a sin and a shame that it took so long. Since 1991. Really.

    • Melanie

      holy shit, i need to watch this right now.

    • Shannyn Marie

      The Lemonade visual album reminded me SO MUCH of Daughters.

  • possibilityexists

    i can’t help wondering how those costumes are going to hold up throughout a long tour. I know they have a wardrobe helper along for repair, etc but still, them’s some fitted pieces and she is pretty rocking’ with her dance moves…

  • Amykl

    the dsquared outfit is Stevie Nicks? I got straight-up Puss & Boots from that one (Antonio Banderas one). And Puss doesn’t wear pants, either.

  • Nika E

    They all look cheap even though they probably cost more tha………..zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Oh I’m sorry, I fell alseep. I forgot how bored I get when talking about Beyonce.

  • SADO50

    Hilarious……………..Yawnnnn…. Best quote of the week ” still prefer Liz Lemonade”

  • flamingoNW

    Man, I wish she would dress more like she did in Lemonade. She looked amazing. This shizz is tacky.

  • gefeylich

    These all look so painful and sweat-making. They are ladyversions of the torturous Spandex outfits that David Lee Roth and Stephen Tyler wore way back in the day.

    I guess someone has to wear stuff like this while performing. Yay Bey.

  • Bland Gland

    Yawn worthy buttacular ice dancing whatever.

  • Christopher

    Tacky and fugly

  • unbornfawn

    Gurl is in a stage style rut.

  • Fraggle

    I can’t with these body suits. And the shoes. Both in combination… no, I just can’t. But maybe it’s because I’m European that I don’t get Bey’s appeal as “the Queen”? I think she’s quite beautiful but is so often dressed just plain wrong… tacky and simply ugly.

  • Bice

    Have T Lo watched Lemonade? It seems to me that some of these costumes (like the “Angel” and “Stevie Nicks” ones) are working a rather Southern Gothic style, just like the visual album, rather than playing into tropes.

  • Fannie Wolston

    wow, beautiful woman who puts it all out there, yet these pop princess costumes are working too hard to be sexy seems bit dated imo.

  • Madgirl

    I’m going to her concernt at Citifield here in NYC. I’ve seen her 3 times before this. Gurlfren always puts on a fantastic show!

    • shelley514

      LMAO at “Gurlfren” bahahahaha

  • MannahattaMamma

    Without Prince, she’d have been in costume nowhereland. I’m seeing almost a kind of homage, although the timing is off: the glitter, the hats, the hair, the side-eye, the heels and the dance moves? If Prince had had a daughter…Of course, she could have crushed him like a bug but that’s probably beside the point.

  • quiltrx

    I’ve never been crazy about her so I guess some would see this as being a hater…but IMO, you can’t make a look ‘yours’ by changing it into a swimsuit.
    And that wig looks like a bad ol’ perm from the 80s.

  • chattykaty

    And the nude fishnets, always the fishnets. Is that for some optical reason — how it reads on stage? Bc I think circus performers and ice skaters where them, too. She doesn’t usually wear heels this “sensible,” does she, i.e., under 4″??

  • shelley514

    The red vinyl with boots is pretty fantastic! The rest of it is a fugly mess.