Zerina Ayers Breaks Down Beyonce’s Key Looks in ‘Black is King’


Beyonce’s visible album “Black Is King,” now streaming on Disney Plus, is really a visible feast, crammed with trend moments to rejoice because it celebrates Blackness, motherhood and womanhood. It’s a celebration of Black ancestry and Black diaspora.

The movie opens with a whisper right into a child boy’s ear and his journey downstream, which mirrors that of Moses. The opening displays that of “The Lion King’s” “Circle of Life” opening because the boy is quickly rescued by Beyonce and we see the primary of her many seems that had been created to inform the story of “Black Is King.”

Stylist Zerina Akers, who has collaborated with the singer for greater than six years, helped curate the visuals. Collectively they created over 70 seems, bringing collectively famend designers and Black unbiased designers. From cowhide to satin, Akers breaks down some key seems from “Black Is King.”

“Temper four Eva”

Beyoncé in “Mood 4 Eva” from the visual album BLACK IS KING on Disney+

“One in every of my favourite moments is when Beyonce is in the cheetah print with the women round her as a result of it was a lot enjoyable to create – it was layered animal print on print. The massive trend homes reminiscent of Roberto Cavalli who do print have by no means executed it fairly efficiently the place you are feeling impressed to put on it.

What I liked about this are the sun shades — for me it creates anonymity. It says, she will be anybody, something or nobody all on the identical time. It additionally jogs my memory of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who says, “I cross out phrases so you will note them extra: the truth that they’re obscured makes you wish to learn them.”

That second jogged my memory of the way you get to concentrate on her look after which these surrounding her.”

“Discover Your Manner Again”

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“The general messaging of guiding and following the celebs in relation to the movie was enjoyable. However what was inspiring and putting to me was the way it associated to what number of slaves needed to escape and comply with the celebs, however the North star wasn’t at all times seen. I had gotten into this obsession with Harriet Tubman and her journey.

We created this dreamlike look and added in cultural references. We took a crystal choker and like layered it to create this impact. We took 4 or 5 small bangles and welded them collectively to create this cuff.

I liked that this introduced intellectual manufacturers and unbiased designers collectively and the thought of merging them to create this very stunning second that tells the story whereas representing tradition by means of these items.”


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“That gown is by Wendy Nichol and this sequence is an fascinating interpretation of that opening scene in the unique ‘The Lion King’ as the entire kingdom comes collectively for the kid.

What I like about this is the gown was constructed on the identical base because the ‘Drunk in Love’ gown. We used the identical base including silk, organzas, satin and it’s very attractive and sensual in ‘Drunk in Love’ however for this, it felt stripped down and felt minimal.

We wished it to have this handmade couture gown really feel to it that you possibly can add heels to it and present up on the pink carpet.”


“This was one look I had available already and had created for one thing else. Once we wanted to insert it into this house, it turned out actually stunning.

It ended up talking to the Mareeba Tribe from Togo and was in the tradition of girls herding cattle. The skirt is from Burberry, however I wished to nod right here to the Zulu tradition, their native gown and the way these ladies had been actually fashion-forward in a refined manner.”


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