“Growing up, I was a tomboy,” she told the magazine’s November issue. “I refused to carry a purse and wouldn’t wear a dress. That was the eighties and it was all about the hip-hop influence—baggy jeans and big shirts. [My mother, Tina Knowles,] hated it!
“But then I started singing and ended up watching all of the footage of the Supremes and Tina Turner. And I thought to myself, ‘They’re so beautiful. I want to be like them,’” Beyonce added.
Nowadays, Beyonce credits the female-empowered era of the 1970’s as a source of fashion inspiration.
When they were onstage, they gave you drama—and I love drama,” she said.
And for Beyonce’s latest dramatic endeavor, the singer had to tap into style trends well past the 1970’s to play music legend Etta James — along with adding a little extra shape to her figure.
“I gained almost 15 pounds to play the role,” the 27-year-old told the mag “It was way easier – and tastier – than having to lose so much weight for ‘Dreamgirls.’”
Beyonce credited co-star Adrien Brody for helping her nail the challenging role.
“I told [Adrien], ‘I can tell you anything about music, and I will help you if you need it. I need you to do that for me,’” she said.
And she said — Adrien was quite the acting coach.
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