We’ll admit that it takes some serious moxie to publish an article called “Beyonce, Superstar but Not a Fashion Icon”—especially when it’s for The New York Times. Writer Vanessa Friedman posted the piece yesterday, arguing that Beyonce hasn’t influenced the fashion world like other mega stars (see: Rihanna, who won a CFDA Award this year), single-handedly started a mass trend (see: Madonna’s ’80s lace and crosses), or sells out clothes almost instantly (see: Kanye West for APC). In fact, Vanessa says Beyonce’s House of Dereon fashion brand is now (seemingly) defunct.
She continued, “Despite all the accolades that Beyonce has garnered—most powerful celebrity in the world, according to Forbes; No. 1 on People’s Most Beautiful list; the artist behind the fastest selling iTunes album ever; a global juggernaut; subject of her own documentary—the one she does not seem to actually merit is ‘fashion icon.’”
The NY Times is out there sayin Beyoncé isnt a fashion icon, acting like I don't show up to work in a black leotard and high heels every day
— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) July 29, 2014
Almost instantly after the article hit the web, the internet expressed their choice feelings about this grandiose statement, and it only seemed fair to share all sides of the story. Check out some of the best Bey tweets below, and Vanessa, let’s just hope The Beygency doesn’t find out about this.
SHADE COMES FROM READING. READING CAME FIRST. THIS IS A GOOD READ: http://t.co/pyHR9TvcO5
— bryanboy (@bryanboy) July 29, 2014
— Dara Adeeyo (@DAdeeyo) July 29, 2014
— L Starkweather (@LStarkweather) July 30, 2014
— akhan (@rapcatmixer) July 30, 2014
— Aubrey B. (@aubreyb_) July 30, 2014
We should be thankful Beyonce's style is NOTHING like Jessica Simpson's clothing line. http://t.co/rWPNESf3lZ
— Emily Reily (@Radiobites) July 30, 2014
— Marie (@MARIEB3791) July 30, 2014
Well, duh. Name one fashion trend Beyonce started. http://t.co/9NWk5NOdtY
— tahirah hairston (@tahairyy) July 30, 2014
It's true that Beyonce is not a fashion icon. She's a brand, a multi-disciplinary one, and that's something many celebs can only dream of.
— Ash (@MissAGolightly) July 30, 2014
— Nick Haby (@Nick_Haby) July 30, 2014