Heads Up: Beyoncé Wore 6 Striking Outfits Last Night


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Beyoncé headed to South Africa to support a cause close to her heart: the Global Citizen Festival, which honored the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth and raised money for a slew of charities. Beyoncé wore six different outfits for her performance, each as jaw-dropping as the next.

But as we've come to expect from Queen Bey, there was much more to the looks than meets the eye. Mary Katrantzou created a symbolic outfit consisting of a bodysuit, over-the-knee boots, and coat that spoke volumes beyond their sartorial dominance. "Her coat has the 54 countries of Africa mapped out and on each country, there is a different embroidery representing its diversity," Katrantzou wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles, also took the opportunity to revisit the story behind what Beyoncé wore when she met Mandela back in 2004. "We decided two hours before the finale with Mr. Mandela, that she should have an authentic African fabric dress," Knowles wrote. "Ty Hunter and me ran to the local market found this fabric fought traffic and drove back."

Knowles went on to explain that she created the look in just 45 minutes, and it miraculously fit. How's that for a behind-the-scenes story? Scroll down to see everything Beyoncé wore to the Global Citizen Festival and to revisit her 2004 look.


Outfit #1
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On Beyoncé: Balmain


Outfit #2
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On Beyoncé: Esteban Cortazar custom dress


Outfit #3
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Outfit #4
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On Beyoncé: Enhle Mbali Maphumulo and Quiteria & George collaboration 


Outfit #5
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On Beyoncé: Atelier Versace jumpsuit 


Outfit #6
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On Beyoncé: Mary Katrantzou custom outfit


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Her 2004 Look 

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Erin Fitzpatrick
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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of senior news editor (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.