When Beyonce said she runs the world she was not playing. The superstar has sent the internet into a frenzy after stepping out in beautiful Ankara dress.
During a break from her Formation world tour, Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z decided to take in some culture at The Menil Collection in Houston Texas. The 34-year-old star made sure she turned heads during the outing in a standout, knee-length Ankara dress with a cape neckline and ruffle-flare sleeves. She completed the look with a floral hair accessory and bohemian inspired, strap sandals.
Ankara is a popular African fabric often dubbed 'Holland wax' or 'Dutch wax'; and is 100% cotton fabric with vibrant patterns. Due to its durable versatility, it can be used to make clothes and accessories such as hats, earrings, and even bags. Beyonce's' dress was created by Stella Jean and retails for £390 ($560). The Haitian-Italian designer often sources her material from the continent. Judging from the reactions in social media, fans approve of the nod to Africa.
Of course this is not the first time the Single Ladies songstress stepped out in an Ankara ensemble. She has long championed West African fashion and even paid homage to the women of Africa in her visual project Lemonade, when she wore a blue and yellow Ankara dress which featured bell sleeves and a full skirt. In 2015, she opted for Jeans' Dugongo print skirt for a series of meetings in Manhattan.
Queen B has cause to celebrate after being named one of the most powerful mothers of 2016 ahead of Mother's Day on 8 May. Blue Ivy's mummy made Working Mother magazine's coveted list after effortlessly juggling motherhood with being one of the biggest entertainers on the planet. She was joined by other big names from the world of entertainment industry, politicians and business including Victoria Beckham and Adele.
The former Destiny's Child singer kicked off her formation tour in Miami last month and is set to perform at stadiums in Florida, Atlanta, New York, Houston, Santa Clara, Philadelphia and Detroit. The tour is named after Beyonce's single Formation, which debuted before the Super Bowl half-time show earlier in February and champions empowerment in the black community while also making reference to the Black Lives Matter campaign.