There’s only one September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé
“The word diva is used for so many female performers, and it often means they have reputations for being difficult, but she exudes charm and a lovable quality.” —Marc Jacobs
“She’s the whole package: primal, rare, delicate, beautiful, and powerful.” —Stella McCartney
“There is a magnetic presence to her.” —Riccardo Tisci
“Her appeal crosses art forms, genders, and generations.” —Stella McCartney
In an age when roles and styles morph as quickly as computer images, she’s a shape-shifting virtuoso. She can evoke Rita Hayworth or Naomi Campbell, flappers and B-girls.
Her appropriation and assemblage are based on the understanding that a mass audience is a mass of niche audiences. Each has its own history, with its own desires, and she empowers them all.