Beyoncé Turns Back Time for New Photo Shoot

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The Beyoncé machine is ramping up again. After some down time, the pop powerhouse is staging her return to music. She was spotted on set of a photo shoot at a grungy motel in New Jersey on Thursday (March 31) with photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who shot Rihanna’s Rated R packaging.

It is unconfirmed exactly what the shoot was for, but the singer was dressed in ’70s-inspired garb, with a burgundy feathered coat, blue bell bottoms, and dramatic makeup.

What do you think of Bey’s retro look? Let us know!

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117 Comments

  1. Yeah

    well

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  2. Mya

    I love the 70′s HOOKER look

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  3. toni

    Looks like an old wore out and used up hooker who is on crack

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    Nijia Reply:

    @toni, it sho do

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    BeyFTW Reply:

    @toni, LOL. A fool, hopefully the finished product will be hottt

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  4. Music Lover

    Beyonce >>>>>>>>>>>

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  5. andrew

    I love you B, but wow she looks old o_O

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  6. Phoenix_Wright

    I hope the real pics come out well cause from these pics it just look ratchet lol.

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  7. COMEGETIT

    THIS IS LOOKS NASTY…..I CANT DEAL!

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  8. Orlando

    i so dnt like da 2nd pic, but god daymn honey b is cummin bk in ya face..

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  9. Blaze

    DAMN! SHE LOOKS CASKET READY LOVE YOU BE JUST SAYIN

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    tgeatas Reply:

    @Blaze, LOL yeah but to be honest I think that’s the look she’s going for in this particular shoot/music video. The bad thing about her team is that they never release details and are so private so we will have to wait and see. All I can say is 1 month ago she didn’t look ANYTHING like and was doing ads for L’Oreal and stuff. It’s just the way she wanted it. Dont hate, just wait!

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  10. Mystery

    Some of yall just glance and start talking…nothing wrong with how she looks

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  11. DJ

    Not a FAN, but great pics, I can’t wait to see what magazine, I don’t see them for the album but who knows.

    Plus I love all of Ellen von Unwerth photos, classic album packaging is “The Velvet Rope” -Janet Jackson

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  12. Flakes

    Love the 70s looks. Love Bey.

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  13. bknyhustle

    bleached up bey = regular porn stars like Kapri Styles. Fact.

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  14. thadundun

    i’m a huge beyonce fan (probably the biggest!) but…. this photos make me a bit nervous… :/

    no matter what direction she goes, imma love it no doubt! but i doubt this is for an album, cauz i saw some recently released dereon photos, and herd shes still “promo-ing” that.. maybe its a dereo shoot?

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    thadundun Reply:

    @thadundun

    wait wait! scratch my comment! Beyoncé is set to be featured in Elle Magazine’s upcoming Music Issue! so this is most likely that… or the music thing…

    kk just had to clear up my statement :]

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    Bebe Reply:

    @thadundun, their music issue is out now. this ain’t it.

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    tgeatas Reply:

    @thadundun, Her music is said to be 80s style. So this would make the most sense. I doubt she’d be dressing up like that for a fashion magazine, at the least it will be a TV ad.

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  15. QUEEN BEY

    i heart the pics!!! haters STFU!

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  16. bkbaby

    the more i look at these the more i like them.

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  17. Master Shake Protege

    Hey mom what are you doing on rap-up?

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  18. brian b...

    I’m one of her biggest fans but the first 6 comments pretty summed up what was going through my head as I saw these pictures!! She looks scared, what the hell is going on??? LMAO

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  19. Drake&CiaraFan

    They make her look old, but I wonder if its for her next album, because she did say it was inspired by the 70s

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  20. brian b...

    OMG she looks like she has a tooth that’s hanging out, in that second picture. I can’t deal with these pictures, I’ll wait for the official ones. Omg I can’t stop laughing

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  21. dankingkemp

    I think Pictures look Great sometimes and Bad othertimes, My Thought is that the Photographer didn’t capture her Grace and Beauty with these Photos, Cuz You can tell She’s Super Sexy Still..)dk

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  22. Maria

    Love!!!

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  23. Tony

    She looks whiter and whiter everytime I see her photographed…smh

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  24. Tony

    or “lighter and lighter”

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  25. ej gregory

    As a makeup artist I know with these behind the scene pictures the makeup might not look amazing but when the real pictures come out oh I bet they will look amazing! And this is so 70′s love it bey!

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  26. Nice

    She is amazing.

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  27. fico

    she looks like a drag queen on crack smh!

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  28. bebe/jayfannn

    she look damn goodddd toooo meee… haters fall the fuc bac and kill urself… wit make-up onnnn u are not gonna lok urself/age all rund/time damn give QUEENBEE a Break she always look good too mee who MADDD!!!;-)

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  29. Reddboi*Stan4Bey

    Patiently waiting……… and I hope this is only for a magazine

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  30. Billionaire

    is it me or every time i see her nowadays she looks older & older! Please don’t let this be a music video because if so that means beyonce is returning with the same old boring & tired stuff! So i hope that’s not what she’s doing! I need to see so new beyonce stuff she never done before cause with Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney & J.LO she will not make it back to the top! Rihanna, Lady Gaga & Katy beasically sharing the number 1 spot! Beyonce i know you can wow us & return to the top but this is not the way, hoping it’s just a magazine cover or something!

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    Tasha32 Reply:

    @Billionaire, I feel what your saying BUT we are talking about BEYONCE here not to down play any of the others you mentioned but TALENT wise, they cant see be in my honest opinion. Though, these pictures are NOT the greatest by far and I can say that cause I love me some Bey, dont count her out!

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    tgeatas Reply:

    @Billionaire, You are somewhat true but she’s the queen. Although she doesn’t climb to #1 regularly as lets say someone like Lady Gaga, it’s because her music is a aimed at a specific target. Let’s just say she’s the leading female talent on the planet, and she doesn’t need #1 hits to prove it. ANyone with half a brain cell knows she’s FIERCE and hey, no one can fault the QUEEN!

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  31. meme

    I can bet my life this is for promo for her new album. People kept sayin that the music is 70′s inspired so it fits. With that said….beyonce been doin this samething for ever. She rocked this same wag in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and now 2011. SMH. This kinda mess aint gonna work today. I mean I know shes beyonce so shell sell no matter wat but JLo rihanna katy and gaga will eat her alive if she comes with this same ole “work it out” “austin powers” look.

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    Mya Reply:

    @meme,

    No they said 80′s inspired

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    RAH RAH Reply:

    @meme, Exactly. Switch it up, sheesh.

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    tgeatas Reply:

    @meme, Rihanna was probably the best artist to switch it up. Gaga got a lot of hate for having a Madonna’s 80 inspired song (born this way) but hey that’s been the best song this year (SO FAR).

    Katy Perry can’t even be compared, she’s talentless and her live performing voice proves it. Rihanna is so contemporary and young which is why she’s loved and she’s a fashion icon too but I knew ever since Bey/Gaga rocked Telephone she’s gonna need something KILLER this year.

    But hey, she smashed it with Single Ladies/Halo/IIWAB so i’m sure something will be coming out of this.

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    Mamaria Reply:

    @tgeatas,
    BEST SONG THIS YEAR SO FAR? DEFINITELY JENNIFER LOPEZ FEAT. LIL WAYNE I’M INTO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

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  32. Tasha32

    Another thing, Beyonce has NEVER had to depend on her LOOKS to keep her Relevant her talent speaks for itself. It just so happens she has the complete package, talent and beauty. And I dont like talking down about others trying to uplift another BUT Katy Perry’s name shouldnt be mentioned anywhere near Beyonce now that’s cold………

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  33. B-Rad

    I’m a Big Beyonce Fan… But she kinda looks like “The Bride of Chucky” in this Photoshoot… SMH

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  34. brian b...

    Someone said beyoncé must watch out for britney, rihanna and katy??
    Britney is projected to sell half of what her last album sold first week!
    Rihanna still doesn’t have a number one album and neither she nor katy perry know what 300k look like first week.

    Granted she looks a mess in these pictures but Beyoncé doesn’t depend and will never depend on her looks to sell her music.

    She doesn’t need to shock anyone with red or blue hair nor does she need to autotune her voice to stay relevant.

    With that being said I love beyoncé and I appreciate Brit, Rih and Katy’s hustle, as for Jlo, I’ll let that story write itself

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    Chris C. Reply:

    @brian b…, i believe katy sold 400k with teenage dream (not sure…90% sure)
    Also i hate when people say someone needs to watch out for another artist. no one is keeping anyone from making sales

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    Billionaire Reply:

    @brian b…, Listen, i agree with you that beyonce has what it takes to be at the top again & her talent does speaks for itself but in today’s world where music is quickly advancing beyond just talent in terms of mechanical/techno/dub-step beats, outrageous videos & Fashions that makes us wonder, is where music is today! That is y i brought up Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britney, Katy & J.LO! Today’s music it is so much more than just talent alone i mean look at KE$HA only the good lord knows how she scores number 1′s with auto-tune! So i’m saying without a doubt beyonce has what it takes vocally but can she wow us in today’s music like Rihanna & Gaga do which makes them MEGA Today because they bring something new & more exictment than only vocals! Look at Rihanna she performing on Sunday @ CMA & Gaga just revamped her born this way to country reload 2.0 – branching out! Now who knows if rihanna will do well live interms of vocals idk cause you know how that goes sometimes, but you get my drift!

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    tgeatas Reply:

    @Billionaire, Yeah you’re 100% right. I’m a HUGE Bey fan, and I know she’s gonna need something unique, original and killer to break the charts. She’ll have her amazing fan base behind her, but can she break through the same way Rihanna/Lady Gaga have this year? Well only time will tell.

    April is Queen Bey’s month…watch out!

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  35. Joyams

    The Queen is back. That’s all i can say.

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  36. Drose

    B and Diplo are changing the game! Love the shoot, u can guess The direction this album’s going in. I like it.

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  37. YEAYEA

    Everyone’s opinion matters to them BUT…ALL OF THAT DONT EVEN MATTER BECAUSE WHEN SHE DROPS…SHE DROPS. JUST GET READY.

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  38. kiki loves left eye

    WELL DAMN! this will be interesting to know what she was doing..

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  39. From Tokyo

    I like the look, but that aside, Beyonce is a naturally-beautiful woman so I hate how much her makeup continually takes away from her. She should just go out with some foundation on matching her skin color and she’d be straight because all-too-often her makeup is not on point for her face, which is naturally lovely. It makes her look much older than she is!

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  40. Beacon

    You see…BLEACHED…She doesn’t want to be black anymore…she dun sold out!

    I want the “Dangerously In Love” her back…THAT was the REAL her!

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  41. Chris C.

    All i want to know is where her eye brows are.

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  42. L.A. Baby

    B wanna be a blonde white girl.

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    tgeatas Reply:

    @L.A. Baby, That’s a load of rubbish. Are you gonna say Rihanna is a wanna-be devil cos of a red hair? Or Lady gaga is a wannabe simpson with her yellow wigs? Don’t talk shit.

    Bey stands up for Black’s more than any celeb out there. Her dereon/Obama support/awareness/haiti/family/extended family prove that. Stop talking shit!

    Sure she wanted to try a blonde wig, and what? IS that against the law? It suits her and it aint hurting you so go f urself.

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  43. a

    She looks so Vampire-esque :D Me LOVES IT

    ROUND IV

    HATERS GONNA HATE

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  44. AAA

    Lol, wow at these comments, I mean for some people when they get older, they age slowly, and for others they age faster,I mean beyonce is what 29, like it’s bound to happen, but she not gonna let her age stop her

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  45. sarah

    beyonce gona bring back real music. no more throw away trashy pop like her other so called “contenders”. bey will always be the most critically claimed and respected artist. Its gonna be FIRE. I like the look of the shoot. make-up isn’t the most flattering, but can’t judge until the real shots are released. it could be for anyting, but i have a feeling her promo is gonna be more african themed, rather than 70′s. She sort of said so on that controversial “blackface” shoot.

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    Um.Well.Sure. Reply:

    @sarah, I take it you don’t know who Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan, Tank, Melanie Fiona, Jessie J, or Adele is? Real music never left sweetheart, where have you been? I like Beyonce, so there’s no shade at all, but her last album that had “real” music was Dangerously In Love…

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    melly mel Reply:

    @Um.Well.Sure., Exactly!!!! that how i feel! she has PLENTY money! she should go back 2 hip hop now! the only reason people are moving to pop now is becuase of the money they get from the sales!

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  46. abc

    This is very MJ Thriller’s inspired I can tell :) can’t freakin wait for the new album

    The only reigning Queen!

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  47. TaZiiStHeBeSt

    I love beyonce but she looks like an OLD mess smh. What happened?

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  48. emy

    Gosh,she looks dead,like a walking corpse…..

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    tgeatas Reply:

    @emy, this made me LAUGH but it’s true. But im sure it’s for a reason, she doesn’t usually look like this!

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  49. Mamaria

    She is really no J-Lo at all…..

    ugly!

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    jamie Reply:

    @Mamaria, ugly? reallyyyyy? stop kidding yourself darling your insecurities are clearly taking over your life

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  50. Preaching

    i guess the rumours about her real age were true…there’s no way she’s 29. More like 35 lol

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    jamie Reply:

    @Preaching, one man joke.

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  51. say what

    she looks great, and shes a very rich mega star and getting ready to get richer!!!!!!!

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  52. rockwitu

    Katy Rihanna, Gaga are not afraid of Beyawnsay coming out. Beyawnsay is the most over-rated in your face wanna be white woman walking this planet. Gotta feel bad for the GROWN WOMAN because she is looking very much her age. Beyawnsay is no wear near 30, she’s almost a decade beyond that. LOL. DO the math!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rihanna, Gaga, Katy Perry are doing it their way while Beyawnsay is still 2000 and late. Beyawnsay is washed up and needs to sit down before she embarrasses herself anymore than these horrid pictures.

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  53. BornThisWay May23

    Gaga got all these bitches doing drastic things to stay relevant… Rihanna is a pain seeking, sideshow Bob ho… Xtina is “not herself”… Katy is an “Extra Terrestrial”… and Beyawnce is a 70s inspired hooker tranny. Britney is… pathetic. all of em are really

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  54. Beystanbish

    Can’t wait. I see heaux already panicking.

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  55. terrion hart

    ..matted wiq wearin, saqqy titty WHORE!!

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    jamie Reply:

    @terrion hart, :| too much, seek help.

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  56. abc

    Haters are starting to get MAAAD ahahah

    Well done Queen B, those pictures are horrifyingly beautiful

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  57. MayZiin

    love her but she looks old

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  58. TumTum

    This is horrible D:.
    Did she go back in time or in to the future cause all i can see is a 50 year old.

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  59. lee

    i dont care how bey looks because i know her music will sound amazing ,so werk ms bey!

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  60. DizzyDae

    Halloween in March. This is not bey, can’t be. Can’t wait for that album tho!!!

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  61. RAH RAH

    Well at least we know how horrible these pics really are before they get airbrushed away. hahaha

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  62. Jivesh

    I love you Beyonce. do what you want to do but do it well so that all these haters gonna have their respective dirty mouth zipped for a long time. You deserve the bast Beyonce. Work hard girl. Your **true** fans are waiting for you.

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  63. kojo

    these pics are lovely…not wat most people wer/are expectin ..itz diff n amazin..bey works erfyn

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  64. Flakes

    I love how Rihanna stans keep putting J.lo Katy Perry and all the other talentless broads. They r so insecure they have to hide behind other artists. Beyonce doesnt need to change anything she just have to release great music and I’ll be satisfied. They want her to change her hair color, image etc so they can say she’s copying their unoriginal fave artist. No mam! Beyonce will do Beyonce.

    Adele has been doing great world wide and she’s not your typical artist. Beyonce will be twice as successful if the music this era has some substance and not just some forgettable generic pop song.
    I looking forward to great music not just a contrived revamp image and my opinion counts because I love beyonce and am a fan.

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    Jivesh Reply:

    @Flakes, I totally agree with you.

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  65. Lol

    She loks like Toni Braxton but Bee is hotty

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  66. ri

    I like beyonce but the make-up is waaayyy to severe and it does age her she’s a beautiful women tho

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  67. Shane

    that wig is a mess! lol but i hope this has something to do with her album which means its getting closer to coming out =)

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  68. Christian

    If everyone knows Bey it’s to be said that she’s gonna do what everyone isn’t expecting… and then do it wonderfully. I remember judging I Am… at first listen and then it became a huge record (as all her things do). Beyonce is a business woman. She knows what to and what not to do, and I be this photo shoot is of no exception. Just wait all. Lol
    Btw I’m not a big Beyonce fan either.

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  69. carlz SoCrazy Thomas

    You Know Wat!! Bey Did Say That She Mixing Alot Of Drama So… Her style is like soul nd r&b look like back in the day type of 70′s rock style mixed with hippie type but this sis awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  70. king

    Gaga is jus a devil bitch and is nothing rihanna and katy and beyonce will fuk her up any they of the week gaga days are all most ova

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  71. derek

    at tasha32 ..i agree with u 100%..beyonce is the best performer of our generation

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  72. Nicole#1Fan

    oooh ooh she’s gettin old old old

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  73. Nicole #TeamMinaj

    She looks like hell! What happened?!

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  74. tgeatas

    That doesn’t even look like her, it must be random make-up or something because two days ago/last month she was pictured and she looked HOT. I guess she took some different style for this new video/shoot to give a “retro look” but dayumn she looks scary. At least that’s not her perma-face.

    Anyway we luv you Queen Bey!! x<3

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  75. van

    Soooo, if bey is looking like the 1970′s I guess we can expect her to join all the other sell out young negroes, who are turning BACK THE HANDS of the clock in music, TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT, AND IT SUCKS!!! R. KELLY DID IT TO MY DISMAY. HE SOUNDED JUST LIKE SOME CRAP OF YESTERYEAR. People dont progress in music, in science or in business by turning back the hands of time.

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    Beacon Reply:

    @van, “Love Letter” IMHO was his best album of the decade…My parents are into that old-soul stuff, so this is a bridge with them culturally.

    Besides, R&B/soul music then was CLASSIC-that’s why so many sample it for their beats (Kanye, Three 6, etc.)

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  76. alicia's a homewrecka

    Broke bitches so crusty, disgust me
    Gave the bitch a ride got the Continental dusty
    Trust me I keep a couple hundred in the duff’ b
    Couple wet wipes case Beyonce try to touch me (EW)

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  77. Melissa

    bwahahaahhaa GTFO!!
    (SMH @ all these haters)
    She could look like your dads ballbags AND STILL sing and dance better than all your faves:)
    Do the math, and you’ll also realise that she probably earns more than all of em put together ASWELL.
    awwwwww:( #Stay Pressed

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  78. storm

    I love them……..people r so ignorant

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  79. Melissa

    And just so yall know, theres most probably a youtube of your fave saying how much they love Bee hahahahaahahahahhaha

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  80. Mamaria

    I HATE HER FAKE HER!!!!
    She should start looking a little bit more natural.
    Can’t wait for her music, but her look is always totally off. (besides when she is stealing and copying J-Lo’s style…)

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  81. jamie

    BEYONCE UPDATE

    NEW ALBUM END OF JUNE…. WITH A HUGE TOUR KICKING OFF END OF THIS YEAR

    EXPECT NEW SINGLE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH…… ROUND FOUR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! QUEEEEEN BEEEEEE, hollllaaaaaaa.

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    Jivesh Reply:

    @jamie, Is it true? Please reply.

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  82. chosen

    bey you look older but u still got it girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  83. Sean

    That makeup ages her about 15 years! Girl should stay away from whoever is doing her makeup and styling her.

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  84. cari s.

    I might get a lot of hate for this, but no1curr. It seems that all of the pop ladies are trying to create ‘extraordinary’ looks since Gaga has debuted. I know that Beyonce, Rihanna etc. have all had weird looks before… but it’s just so extreme and over the top nowadays. No one can beat Gaga in that matter :)

    But I’m sure Beyonce’s going to snatch wigs this year. Whether she looks like a hot mess or not.

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    cari s. Reply:

    @cari s., OH I’m sorry! I misspelled ‘Rihanna’. I meant Rihfund ofcourse.

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  85. Rihanna Rules!!

    Rihanna was over the top before anyone heard of Gags. Ever heard of Disturbia. Gags is ugly as hell and have to tuck her dick.She is a walking freak show. I will stan for my beautiful Rihanna any day over that attention having hog Gargoyle. I wish if Larry Gag’s fans would keep Rihanna’s name out of their mouth. Gags is all hype. She is a damn gimmick and without her costumes she, he, it would be a distance memory. Please Gaga manipulates you low self-esteem freaks.

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  86. Rihanna Rules!!

    Gaga is shit and manipulates you low self-esteem ugly freaks. Gags or Gargoyle as I like to call her copies Grace Jones, Madonna etc. she is no innovator. You idiots probably think she created men and the very air that we breathe. Gags is a freak show,walking circus. I wish if she,he,it would overdose on it’s cocaine.

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  87. paul

    yessssss bitch work

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  88. maya

    she’s gorgeous no matter what but that makeup got her looking 40. Add some GLOSS please!

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  89. maya

    she’s gorgeous no matter what but that lip stick got her looking 40. Add some GLOSS please!

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  90. Danejruss

    If she’s being shot by Ellen Von Unwerth, can I ask you all to just wait for the final images before you cast your judgement. Ellen is a genius and when you guys see the final images, it’ll all come together.

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