When Beyoncé steps onto a red carpet the world stops, so it would have been enough for her to simply arrive at the VMAs in a designer gown and call it a night.
Beyoncé stepped onto the white carpet in a sparkling Francesco Scognamiglio Couture dress with her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in tow (and in tulle), flanked by a host of supporters including collaborators from her Lemonade visual album.
Model Winnie Harlow; Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis; YouTubers Chloe and Halle Bailey; and her latest protégé, Ingrid, all joined Queen B as she made her way into Madison Square Garden, as did activist Lezley McSpadden (the mother of Michael Brown), who was joined by the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, and Oscar Grant.
Given the surreal nature of Beyoncé’s Lemonade visuals and her understanding of what makes a powerful image, the clash of colors and prints on the carpet was likely meant to channel something bigger than another celebrity photo op—perhaps drawing our attention to what really matters, for one?—and it succeeded masterfully.
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