Beyonce in Elie Saab for her HBO documentary premiere: boring and/or glam?

Here are some photos from the NYC premiere of Beyonce’s HBO documentary, “Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream”. That’s the documentary that was made from Beyonce’s extensive personal videos and archives and stuff, because as we know after her GQ interview, Beyonce pays for a videographer to follow her around EVERY DAY OF HER LIFE to document everything she does. And then those videos go into her amazing Beyonce archives. And those archives were culled and pulled together for the documentary. I don’t have HBO, so I won’t be watching the documentary when it airs, which is fine because I’m not sure I can handle that much Beyonce. Tell me how it was!

As for the premiere… old-school Beyonce showed up. Remember old-school Beyonce? The Beyonce who used to come to all of the big awards shows and she seemed to only wear Elie Saab and Versace and her gowns were always cut the same way and it got kind of boring? Well, that’s happening again! Beyonce wore this sparkly Elie Saab gown which seems like something we’ve seen on her many times before (although not lately). It’s okay. I’m not crazy about her wig/weave though.

Also: I feel weird saying this, but does Beyonce’s booty look deflated to anyone else, especially compared to how full-on badonkadonk it was at the Grammys? New Bey conspiracy theory: Bey was wearing Pippa Middleton-style butt enhancers at the Grammys?

Guess who else was there? THE OPRAH!! The Oprah and The Beyonce are tight.

Bonus photos: Solange forgot her pants (and she looks kind of righteous) and Doutzen Kroes wore some bad booties.

Photos courtesy of Andres Otero/

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  1. Ms Kay says:

    Starring Beyonce, written by Beyonce, edited by Beyonce, directed by Beyonce, voiceover by Beyonce, make up by Beyonce, wardrobe choice by Beyonce, end roll credits by and with Beyonce….

    Better call HBO channel Her Beyonce Ownership channel eh…

    I really don’t get the need to make of a scrapbook documentary a red carpet event… Vanity at its peak!

    Love me some Solange especially her style but here too much sorry she should tone down the Diana Ross wig, screams attention here.

    • BB says:

      I read the Hollywood Reporters review of Beyonce’s documentary. It sounds like a snooze fest. Beyonce only reveals what she wants to reveal.

      • Chelsea's handler says:

        Indeed. A biography that doesn’t reveal something disgraceful can’t be trusted. That’s why I never bother reading celebrity autobiographies. I know they’re not going reveal anything that’s contrary to the public image they want to present.

    • Miss Thang says:

      Really? I love her hair! I wish we saw natural looking black hair more often!

      • Ms Kay says:

        Yes but this isn’t her hair, her natural afro hair is beautiful indeed but way shorter than that, she is wearing a wig here.

      • Apsutter says:

        Agreed! I love looking at pics from the 60’s and 70’s because of the diversity and everyone wasn’t striving for one ideal look. Afros and natural hair need a big comeback

      • vvvoid says:

        Agreed. I love going to websites showcasing beautiful natural Afram hair. It’s so ridiculous what society imposes upon Black women. Society has so many convinced that only “good hair” aka, straight, long, or wavy hair is beautiful. The natural hair movement is gaining momentum. I have E. Asian straight hair pretty much, I will NEVER get to pull off the twist outs and braid outs [when naturally curly/kinky hair is twisted/braided and them undone…looks so beautiful and alive] that afram women can pull off. Too many damage their hair with weaves and perms. Solange may be wearing a wig BUT her hair easily could look like this anyway, it just takes a while to grow out. I’d love to see Beyonce’s natural hair one day. I bet it’s pretty damaged from the lace fronts.

  2. Lolly says:

    Kaiser she wears butt pads, always has. She’s not naturally “bootylicious”. Oprah looks like a whale, Basement Baby looks like a grasshopper & why is Doutzen there? Famewhore move

    • Jane says:

      Hating on your betters.

    • Raven says:

      I actually like this dress. I just wish it weren’t see-through. And she looks much better here than at the Grammy Awards. If this is deflated, it is a much better look for her.

      Is her hair really a wig? Didn’t know they made them with dark roots. I assumed it was her natural hair.

  3. Cherry says:

    Re: the deflated booty: YES. I already noticed that when I saw the photos from her super bowl performance, and the ones from the grammies. She looked skinnier than ever in that leotard/iguana/bathingsuit thingie she was wearing at the super bowl. And then, two-odd days later, at the Grammy’s: full-on curves. Yes, I’m pretty sure that ass is made of lies.

  4. Birdix says:

    with the middle part and the cutout dress, looks like gwyneth styled her

  5. bns says:

    Oprah…your makeup.

    Beyonce looks gorgeous, as usual, but that’s a tacky dress. Something J. Lo would wear.

    • bns says:

      On second thought, Beyonce is pretty tacky herself. Never mind.

    • MonicaQ says:

      Seriously, as a black person, I always photograph myself with my camera phone with the flash on just to see if I blend correctly. I don’t want to look like a geisha.


  6. Rikki says:

    Better pads than injections and implants. Bey does have a nice booty but it’s not that big. She looks glam.

  7. dorothy says:

    The self promotion of Beyonce continues. Ugh.

  8. bopit says:

    Did anyone else read the interview she gave about how she “communicated” with Blue during her birth. OF COURSE SHE DID. aghhhhh….

    • bondbabe says:

      Oh good Lord!! How? Did she hold up a tin can with a string to her ear and hold the other can up to the baby bump of the surrogate?

    • DeE says:

      something about savor/enjoy each contraction. Now that is ___________

  9. says:

    Maybe her ass is collapsing on itself too?

  10. marie says:

    I’m not a fan of the dress but I don’t think she looks bad.

    Solange looks good, but come on, it’s cold up there and she needs pants, right?

  11. nelly says:

    what’s going on under beyonce’s armpit??? did she had surgery?

  12. Blondie says:

    I think Solange is gorgeous! Much more interesting than Beyonce. Love her!

    • Lolly says:

      I always feel sorry for Solange(though I did call her Basement Baby upthread). She reminds me of Ashlee Simpson. Way more talented than her older sister but never really given a chance to shine.

      • jess says:

        In what world is Ashlee Simpson more talented than Jessica Simpson?

      • Lolly says:

        Um.. Have you listened to Jessica sing? If you can even call it that.. Her fame came by way of “Newly Weds” not cause she was the second coming of Dolly Patton

  13. Nev says:

    SOLANGE is busting the styles!

  14. lucy2 says:

    This woman is SO self obsessed. You’d think she was curing cancer and saving the world.

    Oprah…what’s going on there?

    I like the bottom half of Beyonce’s dress but not the top half.
    I just got my highlights redone, and my stylist went lighter than normal, so I’m worried a line at my roots when it starts to grow out. Looking at the 4″ wide dark stripe on Beyonce’s head, I don’t feel so bad now.

  15. Gene Parmesan says:

    Solange is more stylish than her sis

  16. judyjudy says:

    I’m not a Beyonce fan but she looks beautiful here. I love the dress.

  17. Happymom says:

    This just reminded me that I need to get my roots touched up.

  18. RHONYC says:

    that’ll be a yawn from me. Zzz 🙄

    Oprah great color, but a lil’ too tight on the arms.

    and SOL-ANGE!

    gurlfriend got that bedhead & ‘just finished romping’ boyfriend shirt look on lock! looks actually quite naughty. :mrgreen:

  19. bullpin says:

    Wait…no battle of the egos between O and B? They both annoy me.

    I read the vulture review of Beyonce’s special and it was insightful. I think Beyonce works all the time and is in our faces all the time because she doesn’t want to take a step back, think about her life and feelings and see how sad she is. Maybe she feels her music is all she can offer to people…not really her true self. Maybe she doesn’t know who she really is. Either way the vacantness in her eyes annoys.

  20. tabasco says:

    way too blonde.

  21. RN says:

    I think Solange looks completely ridiculous. Emperor’s new clothes, anyone? And while I love her natural hair, the shape is very Gumby-esque.

  22. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Agree dorothy; a bunch of vain shallow one percenters – wonder how much of the proceeds will go to any charities; Does oprah suck up to every celebutard;
    News flash bouncy – no matter how much the media and celebs fawn over you, your “music” is toy disposable drivel, and true artists like Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon will be remembered when you’re a lonely old narcissist staring at yourself in your diamond encrusted mirror.

  23. Hoya_chick says:

    Oprah is there because I read that she is doing a Next Chapter show with B. I don’t understand why there is a premier for a HBO documentary that’s not even going to reveal anything earth shattering. It looks like a giant ego stroking snooze fest. I don’t have HBO either so I’ll pass. She had been everywhere lately. Does she have a cd coming out or is this just all for the documentary? For shame.

    Oh and that’s not Solo’s hair. She wears a wig. Her natural hair is not that big. I like her legs though, but her outfit is a total mess.

  24. tabasco says:

    i’m not sure i understand the genesis of this “documentary?” is it supposed to be a behind the scenes look at preparation for a specific event or something? i don’t really recall the world clamoring for a documentary about beyonce’s…..???? existence? madonna did some sort of documentary, but i believe that was partially to document the shenanigans that go on during a tour and also b/c madonna was/is, y’know, interesting as a persona. i just really don’t get the point of this documentary, it seems so random.

  25. G says:

    Her cakes are deflated yet again. She couldn’t hide the booty pads in that dress.

  26. happyhomo says:

    I am sorry I am a Bey fan and even I can tell she has gotten a nose job just in the last 2 weeks.She has had alot more work done too in the last couple of years.I wouldn’t put it past girlfriend to lighter her skin either.Bey that’s enough surgery,just because you’re best friends with Goop,the whitest woman in the world doesn’t mean you need to be.

  27. Alana Fajina says:

    I know you guys can’t with Beyonce, but I just can’t with Solange. Every time I see her she is doing something else for attention. It’s like Look at me, I am so different from Beyonce, Look, I don’t have any pants on, Look at my hair! LOOOOOOOOOOK???? Way too try-hardy IMHO.

    • lady mary. says:

      well,one has too ,if u have an inflated sis as beyonce ,and iam not talkin abt the ass

    • Irishae says:

      I Just Can’t with Solange either. Putting Bey and her craziness aside, she has moved from singing to acting to modeling to DJing (lol) to…I guess we’re back at singing? She tried convention, then decided that an afro paired with ugly shoes might convince us that she’s “different.”

      The pop star role in this family has been filled, girl should have studied to be a doctor or something. She is gorgeous and no doubt talented in her own way, but the ship sailed and Bey was on it first unfortunately.

      • Andy says:

        I don’t see the problem in it… Everybody has their own phases during teenage years in which u don’t know your direction, she just happened to do it under the public should check her material so you could see her talent and see how she definitely doesn’t want to be a popstar 🙂

  28. mar says:

    Im so sick of beyonce already.

  29. Gemini08 says:

    Oprah looks a hot mess.

  30. Ron says:

    That dress is just tacky. It looks like something from a vegas gift shop. I love a good shiny object, but there is a level of taste that this dress lacks.

    • tabasco says:

      I love a shiny object too, but this look is a problem. I think designers need to take a break with all of this illusion panel business. Also, this dress might work on someone else – B is giving it her usual pageant vibe with the yellow doll hair to the bum and elbow-wings booty-tooch pose.

  31. KellyinSeattle says:

    Oprah grates on my last nerve.
    Beyonce, I’m not a fan, but she looks long and lean.
    Solange looks like she hurried to the premier after a quickie.

  32. some bitch says:

    Well, I like the skirt portion of the dress, but it’d look a lot more refined without the mesh cutouts on the chest. It’s pretty Showgirls.

    Solange is awesome.

  33. Irishae says:

    So who at Victoria’s Secret told Doutzen she needed to lose 20 lbs.? She looked better a few years ago:

  34. Kapowski says:

    I don’t like Beyonce….at all. But she looks pretty in these pics. She was all man faced and weird at the Super Bowl. Solange always looks like a bipolar person dresses her and I kind of like it.

  35. Bijlee says:

    Solange needs pants. She looks barely dressed. It’s ridiculous.

  36. sam says:

    Watched the documentary tonight and it was just slow and boring. They had so many of her performances in it, fast forwarded through those, expected it to be more personal/interesting. She is a pleasant person and all but this was a waste of time.