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Ask Beyoncé, South Africa really is the entertainment capital of Africa

Beyoncé not only recognizes African designers and commends them for their creativity, but approves of DJ Maphorisa and we are sobbing!

If you’re one of the Beyhive (and allegedly not), it’s completely normal for you to have lost grip of reality for a few seconds and wandered away to snaps the Queen B shared last night of her visit and performance in Mzansi at the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 on December 2. 

“Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y’all go so hard,” wrote Beyoncé, giving a shoutout over a slideshow of images with looks she rocked on and off stage”.

As if that is not enough to make South Africans feel extra special, a highlight of note is a video compilation made by the icon with DJ Maphorisa’s iWalk aye Pharai (featuring Moonchild Sanelly) playing in the background. We can’t decide whether we are more honored for the recognition of our very own artists, or even more struck that Queen B fancied the very song that has seen South Africans pulling off a #vosho to just in time for the festive season.

The striking outfits are nothing short of intricate patterns known to the African soil, and the designers, coming from South Africa, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire made sure to raise their flags high, each with their own unique touch. 

Nothing short of over-the-top, exactly what we expect from Mrs Carter and this time the design duo Quiteria & George shamelessly taking responsibility for that anialation that only saw fit for Beyoncé to close the show with. 

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We @quiteria_george don’t even know where to start but we couldn’t have been more happier to have had this opportunity working with @beyonce team in creating some of the looks. Thank you so much for choosing us We truly are grateful for the opportunity going forward. We would also like to acknowledge and thank @enhlembali_ of Manuallrossa for the contribution she played ensuring that we had everything needed to execute this much biggest project. We knocked at so many doors closed doors for financial assistance which We truly needed to execute but @enhlembali_ And her husband @realblackcoffee believed in us and our ability. Thank you ? and May you continue to support black young talents out here The 45 PIECES we made for the show couldn’t be in all the shows but we very much executed for every part or the world to experience a piece of Quiteria and George .More so we cannot wait to travel this journey of absolute beauty with @beyonce ??❤️❤️❤️ @anitaferreiradesigns girl the world is not ready for your other pieces you created which they haven’t seen as yet but let them wait. @jerrysfabrics thank you for believing in South Africa young designers and for always be willing to give without expectations. May you and your team be blessed blessed beyond ??????? It would such a crime if we forgot to Mention the IRON lady as we call her ??? the only person so far that has an ability like no other MRS CECILIA for @studio05fashion for spending all those sleepless night produce those patterns for us. There’s more costumes that people haven’t seen on the show but they still have that opportunity to witness your talent too. We couldn’t have been more blessed to have @studio05fashion look after our technic and design esthetic to ensure we start above the rest. Last but not least @lejenke for always believing in higher us. For discovering us and mentoring us to the LIONS ? we are. Your patience sometimes surprises us. You over work us but with the intent to get us going and be better at what we do. You are LEGENDARY @lejenke WE LOVE ❤️ YOU and the whole team ????

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“We wanted the outfit to represent both Beyoncé’s energy and grace on stage, while celebrating the diversity of Africa,” British designer Mary Katrantzou told Vogue UK. Katrantzou, who designed one of the acclaimed costumes- an embroidered cape-and-bodysuit combo which details a map of the continent’s 54 states embroidered on the bottom. The designer added that Beyoncé’s creative team wanted her wardrobe to “be about Mother Africa and female empowerment.” 

Even more regal than it looked, the beaded ensemble Beyoncé wore on stage featured “one hundred thousands African beads” according to Tina Lawson, Beyoncé’s mother who joined the couple in Johannesburg along with former Destinys Child bandmate Kelly Rowland. “It fills us with great honor and pride to be a part of such a powerful celebration of culture, life and unity,” wrote the Columbian-American fashion designer Esteban Cortázar, excited to have created this beaded masterpiece that took 900 hours to make.

Beyoncé can also be seen wearing a patterned button-up blouse and crocodile print skirt by our very own South African brand Rich Mnisi, while rocking a green and navy jumpsuit by South African brand Mmusomaxwell and a red patent leather bag by Senegalese desigber Adama Ndiayer another occasion. 

Phoeby Montari
Phoeby Montari
Phoeby Montari is a Psychology student, model, feminist activist, and published writer. Through complexities that stretch through different fields, she aims to make an impact through her varied professional sphere with a writing-style characterized by metaphorical nuances ranging from poetry to socio-political issues and cruelty-free vegetarian lifestyle.
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