Beyoncé drops 'Brown Skin Girl' video co-starring Blue Ivy, Kelly Rowland

Lupita Nyong’o and Naomi Campbell also make cameos.
August 24, 2020 3:23 p.m. EST
August 27, 2020 11:17 a.m. EST
If you need some beauty in your life, take a look at the new music video Beyoncé dropped because "Brown Skin Girl" is a feast for the eyes and soul.  The stunning music video, which uses striking images and tableaux framing to tell the story, features some exciting cameos and namedrops, like Bey and Jay's daughter Blue Ivy, former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and singers SAINt JHN and Wizkid.You may remember that Queen Bey released this song last year on her The Lion King companion album, but the music video was only available to Disney + subscribers, and this version is from her Black is Kingvisual album that dropped in July.
The music video visuals, directed by Jenn Nkiru, mirror the lyrics, which celebrates Black and brown girls and reminds them that they are royalty. Each shot is framed like a neo-classic painting or late-19th century portraiture of African royalty but with stunning use of colour and juxtaposition.“Oh, have you looked in the mirror lately?/ Wish you could trade eyes with me 'cause/ There's complexities in complexion/ But your skin, it glow like diamonds/ Pigment like the earth, you be giving birth/ To everything alive, baby, know your worth,” Beyoncé sings, and the message is driven home by verses sung by SAINt JHN and WizKid, and even Blue Ivy who closes out the track with the chorus refrain at the very end.In the video, we see Beyoncé and Blue Ivy spending sweet mother-daughter time together, Bey and Kelly Rowland singing and embracing each other, Lupita Nyong’o and Naomi Campbell striking poses in vibrant costumes and outfits while lip-syncing the lyrics.If the comments on the Youtube video (which at press time currently has already more than 750,000 views) are anything to go by, the Bey Hive are praising the video that accompanies the uplifting anthem. Many of the top comments point out that representation matters and that the song lyrics, and now video, offer a refreshing narrative that reinforces how dark skin can be beautiful when it often feels that the messaging in pop culture and society are pushing the opposite.Queen Bey also released a statement about the intentions behind the music video, saying, “It was so important to me in ‘Brown Skin Girl’ that we represented all different shades of brown. We wanted every character to be shot in a regal light … It was important that we are all in this together and we’re all celebrating each other.”[video_embed id='2007350']RELATED: Does Beyonce's newest visual album ‘Black is King’ live up to the hype?[/video_embed]etalk, etalk

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