On Film: Beyoncé's Greatest Movie and Television Looks

We're celebrating Bey's b-day with style flashbacks to her greatest film looks

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As we anxiously await the arrival of the Act I: Renaissance visuals, we’re celebrating another holiday—9/4/81—B’Day. Today Queen Bey is celebrating her birthday, undoubtedly enjoying what has been an amazing summer. A number album, number one song, and multiple singles in the top ten without a single music video or performance—an anomaly in the year 2022. 

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To celebrate Beyoncé’s birthday last year, we did a deep dive into the history of her sophomore solo album B’Day, which was also a couple of days removed from celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.

This year, we figured we would do a special edition of our Fashion on Film series with a look back at some of Bey’s most memorable tv and film fashion looks. While Beyoncé made her official film debut with the 2001 MTV film Carmen: A Hip-Hopera, she actually began adding to her acting credits as early 1998 when Destiny’s Child appeared on the hit series Smart Guy.

Here’s some of her best.

1. Smart Guy (1998)

Shortly after the release of their debut, Destiny’s Child made a guest appearance on the popular 1990s television show Smart Guy, where they performed a special version of their hit “No No No, Part II) with Taj Mowry. Here you can see Bey rocking a late 90s FUBU-esque street athleisure fit. 

2. The Famous Jett Jackson (2000)

Rocking her then signature blonde micro braids, Beyoncé stunned on another guest appearance, this time on The Famous Jett Jackson.

Rest In Peace to Lee Thompson Young, a talent gone too soon.

3. Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)

As we mentioned earlier, Bey made her film debut with the 2001 made-for-tv MTV film Carmen: A Hip Hopera. While there were plenty of great looks in the movie, our favorite is thee red dress she wore during that epic rap entrance.

4. Goldmember (2002)

Bey has long been about that 1970s disco life, as she began paying tribute to the era in the early 2000s with her role as Foxxy Cleopatra in Goldmember. From the afro, to the disco clothes, and even the hippie outfits, Bey’s looks in Goldmember were 70s through and through.

Here’s a throwback to the “Work It Out” video as well.

5. The Fighting Temptations (2003)

It’s the versatility for us. Beyoncé’s role in The Fighting Temptation was more subtle compared to the glamorous Goldmember as she played a lounge singer by the name of Lily. 

Fun Fact: The younger version of Lily was portrayed by Chloe Bailey who now has a record deal with…Beyoncé. Full circle for sure.

6. The Pink Panther (2006)

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From the white halter dress to the glittery gold number she wore during the ballroom performance, looks were definitely served.

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7. Dreamgirls (2006)

Dreamgirls was a haute couture lookbook masterpiece. Here’s just a few examples.

8. Cadillac Records (2008)

Bey played the heck out of Etta James if we say so ourselves. Here’s a few of the fits she donned during the movie.

9. Obsessed (2008)

“Don’t touch my child.” If you know you know. Obsessed was a roller coaster of film, but if you have to kick butt, might as well look good doing it right?

10. The Gift (2019/2020)

The Gift is a film as well, and like always, Bey brought it down with legendary looks.

Happy Birthday Bey! We look forward to everything else you have planned for this era.

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