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Interpreting the Phases of Fashion in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” Part 2

Interpreting the Phases of Fashion in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” Part 2

By Chic Chik

As the “Lemonade” saga progresses, Beyoncé enters the angry phase. The proof is there/the car has been shattered, and now it’s time to remind Mr. Carter just what he is taking for granted.
“Don’t Hurt Yourself” starts with a group of women in white wriggling around with their hands tied. Take it how you want, but every woman has felt tied down in one way or another.
Next, we find Bey where the documentary began, braided up, draped up and ready to spit some truth.

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Around her neck, Beyoncé wears an ankh, which symbolizes fertility and the key of life. She also sports a fitted bra, high waist leggings and heels as she saunters through a dimly lit parking garage looking like a glamorous gangster. This is the boss up phase. She gives her man a final warning, “You know I give you life. If you try this sh* again, you gon’ lose your wife.” Warning received.
Also in this scene, we see cameos of black women as a snippet plays of Malcolm X saying, “The black woman is the most unprotected, neglected, disrespected woman on the planet.” Beyoncé, on the other hand, refuses to let that generational curse continue. Touche’.
After anger, comes apathy in “Sorry,” which is not an apologetic anthem at all. It’s quite the opposite.

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Women masked in African war paint ride on a bus with Beyoncé, still cornrow fresh, as they roll on to a fabulous house to meet the melanin goddess Serena Williams, whose black leotard in this scene is shocking but sexy. Bey sits in a chair fit for a queen before the screen flashes to Beyoncé wearing a coiled crown of braids, an obvious salute to Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

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The emptiness phase emerges with Beyoncé posted up in a fiery red dress surrounded by fire, of course. Her collaboration with The Weeknd “6 Inch” pulses as she rides like a lady in the night wearing a wide brim hat for all purposes of privacy. The next time we see her she’s wearing a lace bodysuit dress that looks like it was made in the Antebellum era, but Vogue reports it was made by none other than Beyoncé’s fabulous stylist Marni Senofonte. Slay she did as she walked out the burning house strutting in her lingerie and 6-inch heels!

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While buzz continues to circulate in the Beyhive, tomorrow we’ll interpret the fashion in phases accountability and redemption. Catch up with part 1 of interpreting the fashion phases of “Lemonade” here, and share your own interpretations of the wardrobe in the comments.


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