Our Two Cents On Beyoncé's Top 7 Looks That Shaped Her Career

I’m about to drop some knowledge on you. You ready? It has been a solid decade since Destiny’s Child dropped “Bootylicious.” WE HAVE NOT BEEN READY FOR THIS JELLY FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. Aside from officially feeling old, the song also marks the 10-year anniversary of Miss Beyoncé being a totally bootylicious icon, reminding the world over that Mrs. Jay-Z is really, truly, a diva. And without riling anyone up, Bey has not always been a fashion star—once upon her time she was wearing only clothes designed by her mother’s House Of Deréon, which definitely suited her colorful, sexy aesthetic. She still does rock the Dereon brand now and again, but her fashion tastes have gone toward the avant garde—i.e. the Gareth Pugh head-to-toe look from "Run The World"—but every now and then we miss that fresh-faced Bey, in her nylon blends and neon colors.

When she sat down with W magazine to discuss the seven looks that defined her career, Beyoncé opted for high-fashion moments like the heart-stopping "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" getup. While we appreciate her choices, we’ve been following Honey B for a long time, and we have to say she may be rewriting history. We compare her choices with our choices and can remember—the reason we love Beyoncé so much is because, even in her flashiest and most youthful moments, she is a real powerhouse.

BEYONCÉ SAYS: 'CRAZY IN LOVE' (2003)

MTV STYLE SAYS: AGREE.

Beyoncé in the 'Crazy In Love' music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records

Beyoncé sites her first solo video (and start of her relationship with Jay) as a pivotal style moment because she wanted to dress in a way her fans could copy. We love it because it reminds us that, from the get-go, Beyoncé is fierce in a pair of daisy dukes and a white tee, just doing her dance thing. She harkens back to Destiny’s Child in the colorful, clingy outfits at the end—we wish it was just jeans and tees through the whole song.

BEYONCÉ SAYS: 'DEJA VU' (2006)

MTV STYLE SAYS: DISAGREE. 'BOOTYLICIOUS' (2001)

Beyoncé in the 'Bootylicious' music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records

So, Beyoncé likes "Déjà Vu" better than any of her Destiny's Child stuff, and if we were her, we might too. But we aren't her. We love that girl group vibe that the gals had with matching, coordinating colors. Sure, "Bugaboo" was good and "Jumpin' Jumpin'" was hot, but in "Bootylicious" (both versions) she became BEYONCÉ, the rump-shaker and hitmaker. NOT INCLUDED: "Say My Name," where she vaguely resembles someone who tumbled out of a Spice Girls video.

BEYONCÉ SAYS: 'SASHA FIERCE' ALBUM COVER (2008)

MTV STYLE SAYS: AGREE.

Beyoncé on the 'Sasha Fierce' album cover.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records

Alter egos rarely do anyone any good, but with the birth of "Sasha Fierce," Bey went from a pop star to a megastar. Yes, she had hits under her belt, but now there with this metal-clad, part-android part-Goddess that existed, and it debuted most appropriately on her album cover. Keep the clean, fresh Beyoncé from "Halo," we want the FIERCE.

BEYONCÉ SAYS: 'SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)' (2008)

MTV STYLE SAYS: AGREE.

Beyoncé in the 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)' music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records

Here is what we have to say about this look: WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW. WOW. Wow.

There isn't much else. It isn't "fashion" per se, but it certainly reminds us of that early '90s Helmut Lang Belgian aesthetic, with a late 2000s twist. And the dancing. Oh, the dancing.

BEYONCÉ SAYS: 'TELEPHONE' (2010)

MTV STYLE SAYS: DISAGREE. 'VIDEO PHONE' (2009)

Beyoncé in the 'Video Phone' music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records

Sure, "Telephone" is a better song and "Video Phone" kind of fizzled, but let us just look at the myriad of sassy, Bettie Page-inspired looks we get from Miss B. She has the ass-kicking gun, the primary colors, and absolutely outshines Gaga on the style front (weird, right?). Her custom black-and-white bikini is so hot that we forget how mediocre the song is, but those bangs will literally kill it for years to come. Yeah, the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac look she rocks in "Telephone" is off the hook, but she has SCADS of off-the-charts outfits in her own video—including a TDF Gaultier military jacket. We like the industrial Bey, no doubt.

BEYONCÉ SAYS: 'WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME' (2010)

MTV STYLE SAYS: AGREE.

Beyoncé in the 'Why Don't You Love Me' music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records

Thank goodness for Beyoncé choosing this understated video that SHE PRODUCED HERSELF. All of the clothes are hers, and she tells W she does her own makeup, which is some of the best we've seen on her (except for maybe "Video Phone.") Shot on Super 8 film, Beyoncé channels her Dreamgirls vibe and heads back to the 1950s to be "B.B. Homemaker." Her outfits are simple, so sexy (high waists, support-top bras, pin curls), and we love watching our good girl smoke.

BEYONCÉ SAYS: 'RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)' (2011)

MTV STYLE SAYS: AGREE.

Beyoncé in the 'Run The World (Girls)' music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records

Something happened for "Run The World." Something changed in our girl. She became a powerful warrior, not just a singer or an actress, but a real icon. We love each look so much we got a one-on-one with the stylist to freak out about it, but our favorite has to be the white, dust-battered Givenchy Couture gown or the black, angular Gaultier that looks so breathtaking we were shocked it wasn't made for her. Good pics Bey; we can't wait to see what the next decade brings.