To describe the Beyhive, the community of hardcore Beyoncé fans, as worshippers of Queen Bey wouldn't be that much of an exaggeration. Beyoncé is something else and her international parish of devout followers treat her as such. So it's fitting (if not a bit of a stretch, but bear with us) to discover that Beyoncé has recently purchased a church of her own.
According to reports by TMZ, Beyoncé is the proud new owner of a beautiful old church in New Orleans, where she and sister Solange already own properties. At more than 100 year olds, the 7,500 square ft church has long been out of use for worship on account of many of it's members having sadly passed away.
Now, I like to think we know Beyoncé pretty well - well, as well as the notoriously private and impressively skilled secret keeping superstar wants us to - and it would be a bit much for Beyoncé to go and open up her own church. She's way too humble for that, mom Tina Lawson definitely wouldn't allow it and the Church of Beyoncé is one of those rogue things that would happen organically at the hands of her busy Beyhive [insert prayer hands emoji here]. Which is why we're all the more eager to know what exactly Beyoncé intends to do with the space.
Lucky for you, we have some educated (ahem, read: speculative) guesses. Here's what we think might go down behind those sacred walls.
A Rehearsal Space
One would imagine that finding a location to rehearse all of those elaborate, headline making shows and performances is pretty difficult when the secrecy involved is as much a part of the end result as the actual show. So it wouldn't be that crazy to discover that Beyoncé had just taken the hassle out of location hunting and purchased a place that was entirely under her control (and open long enough to house 11-hour rehearsal schedules). Think how much time and money she'd save on NDAs!
A Community Centre
From scholarships for HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) to the BeyGOOD initiative's involvement in the likes of Houston after the destruction left by hurricane Harvey, Beyoncé is no stranger to using her platform and resources to support communities. A Beyoncé funded centre for young people aspiring to pursue the arts wouldn't be out of place either...
I don't personally think that a century-old church in New Orleans really fits the Carter-Knowles aesthetic, but let's not rule out the possibility that this could be an extensive renovation project for Beyoncé's family of five to move into.
A Music Studio
Can you imagine the acoustics in that place? Acoustics worthy of a recording studio, one might even say. The church brings memories of Jay Z's confessionary 4.44 music video in which Beyoncé and daughter Blue both starred, which may explain why we're leaning towards a music-orientated reason behind Beyoncé's latest property purchase.
New Project Set Location
Remember when we mentioned that Solange Knowles owns a home in New Orleans, too? Well we're praying that this church is somehow going to lend itself to the extended Beyoncé x Solange collaboration that we couldn't get enough of at Coachella. Because we reckon Beyoncé would totally buy a space close to her sister just to make the whole process a little less hassle. Also, let's not forget the visuals for Beyoncé's Lemonade heavily featured references to New Orleans too. We may be clutching at straws, but don't pretend not to be at least a little bit excited for the 'Lemonade 2.0 ft Solange' that we've just decided is happening...
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The Bandeau Crop Scenario
Because it was compulsory for each band member to wear a little bit of the same material on different areas of their body. See Kelly's cardi and everyone else's harem pants.
Potent And Pink
Throwback to the era of the statement chunky belt. Hold tight Kelly for taking one for the team and donning the statement trousers too.
One Fabric, All The Dresses
This gem was taken at the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards back in 2000 and is one of the early examples of Tina Knowles' apparent love of an asymmetric hemline .
Ladies In Leather
The VMA's afterparty called for a group ensemble too, you know. Is it a coincidence that The Matrix was released within a year or so of this outfit's creation? I think not.
Not quite Zebra print, not quite leopard print but hey, here's some more of that asymmetric hem action we were talking about earlier.
Cut Out Queens
For a lesson in how to rock a mid-drift baring cut-out dress, please refer to these impeccably impractical examples.
Committed To The Print
This look was carried right from Michelle's bra down to Beyonce's pointed toes. Dedication, or what?
Deeper Shade Of Blue
No words. Just tassels and cowboy hats.
Earn Your Badge
At the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice awards demonstrating how to encourage more young women to join the Girl Scouts of America. No, those outfits might not be regulation but look how many badges they have!
Probably the leas matchy, matchy of the lot but we appreciate the shoe to dress coordination.
Kira Kira Gold
Golden Greek Goddess vibes with this shiny look. Definite inspiration for the Kira Kira app of today.
Sheer Here And There
Because was a dress worthy of a 2001 red carpet if it wasn't a little see through?
Lemon Denim Blend
Once again Kelly's out here taking one for the team and wearing a token bit of jean across her body to continue the elaborate lemon on denim tend.
Orange You Happy To See Me?
The orange, the blue, the tassles, the kind of leather boots? Name a bigger collaborative sartorial statement. I'll wait.
Off White, And What?
Lets play a game of spot how many patterns and items of embellishment. These girls wear 'extra' so well and we're jealous.
We're Still Fun But Also Mature
Here's where the trio really tried to demonstrate their individual personalities while also pretty much wearing the same thing. Never not here for Kelly's peek-a-boo mid-drift.
All For One
Plenty Of Purple
I know, bit of a shock to the system seeing them looking like they shopped from different racks at the same store. But if you were to lose one of them at a party they'd still be easily identifiable.
Spot The Sequins
A little upper body glitter action to connect three actually quite different outfits? We se what you did there guys.
WE ARE ONE
This was the school talent show dream. The reality was you all wearing dramatically different spangly tops and dresses as stolen from your mums' wardrobes and getting in trouble for trying.
You Do You And I'll Do Me
Some JLS-style colour block assignment here, as seen on the Destiny Fulfilled And Lovin' It tour.
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