Beyonce fans, known as the BeyHive, react in outrage and forces Beyonce’s camp pulls the photos
It should come as no surprise hat Beyonce has a very strong grip on her public image. Apparently she even admits to having at home an entire room dedicated to the collection of material published online or in print about her. She is also believed to exercise said control over her public image by not allowing paparazzi around and releasing her own, allegedly Photoshopped paparazzi-style photos, mostly through her official website.
She also has only certain photo agencies that she allows into her concerts, and she always has the final say in those pics that are released afterwards. The bottom line is that there is only a handful of unfavorable photos of Beyonce online.
Of course as Beyonce is so in control of her image, leaks in any shape or form are a rare thing, whether we’re talking about photos or music, or even details pertaining to her personal life.
So when the fansite The Beyonce World obtained and published unretouched photos from her 2013 L’Oreal shoots, that was a first-time kind of event. No wonder the Internet went crazy within minutes, with the singer’s very loyal fans, known collectively as the BeyHive, reacting in outrage. Here are some of the images and tweets;
The photos are no longer available at the site, which has published the following explanation for pulling them:
“We don’t want to cause any drama, nor do we wish to start fan wars. Some of the things we have seen posted were just horrible, and we don’t want any parts of it. We were just posting the photos to share the fact that our queen is naturally beautiful, at the same time she is just a regular woman,” the post says.
However, as these things go, once something is out on the Internet, there’s no taking it back.
While it may be true that some of these photos may not be seen as flattering to Beyonce, I think our expectations are unreasonable simply because we’re used to seeing her flawless all the time.
Have we really been condition so much by these photoshopped images that we now expect people to look like these images we see on magazine covers?
As some fans point out, why are we trying to shame Beyonce for being, after all, human? The fact that she looks different before Photoshop and is thus more relatable shouldn’t be that much of a shock to us, and the fact that it is, well I don’t want to judge it but some self assessment needs to occur somewhere
I think Beyonce’s camps’ decision to pull the photos would only further fuel the expectation of perfection placed on her image. Some hard choices will have to be made in time.