“Hi, it’s Beyonce. Do you want to come star in my music video?”
We are wondering if the calls went something like that. While many musicians surround themselves with unnamed extras and background dancers, Beyonce’s talk-of-the-town visual album Lemonade was filled with cameos from prominent, powerful women. There was tennis pro and beauty boundary-breaker Serena Williams and Disney actress-turned-Barbie-doll Zendaya. But you might not immediately recognise the others; they are artists and activists who are all making a name for themselves, but aren’t quite household figures - yet. Appearing alongside Queen B is sure to only help their street cred, so we can expect these women to grow even more recognizable. Here are the Beyonce-approved ladies worth knowing.
Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz
These twin sisters make up the musical duo Ibeyi. When their self-titled debut album was released last year, reviewers found it difficult to put a label on them. Lisa-Kaindé sings and plays piano while Naomi sings and plays the cajón and bata drums, instruments with Spanish and Cuban roots. The twins were raised in
It seems Beyonce is very into backing sister duos. The Bailey sisters, Chloe, 17, and
You probably recognize Stenberg as the actress who played Rue in The Hunger Games movies. The 17-year-old is also a filmmaker. She wrote, directed and shot her first short movie at age 15. She recently released Blue Girls Burn Fast, a short film about a girl in the foster-care system. The project was for her application to
Throughout the visual version of Lemonade, Beyonce quotes hauntingly beautiful poetry by 27-year-old Shire. Some lines are taken right from the Somali-British writer’s previous works while some, it seems from the video’s credits, Shire wrote specifically for Lemonade. Here’s how New Yorker magazine recently described this up-and-comer: “Every generation of writers and readers has mourned the shrinking place of poetry in our lives, and they may not be wrong. They also may not be looking in the right places. Young poets are on Tumblr and Twitter, composing affecting and funny verse as short as a hundred and forty characters and also stretching much longer ... Of this new genre of poets, Warsan Shire ... is a laureate.” According to Shire’s Twitter, a collection of her work will be published this year.
DePrince is known for her art and her story. The 21-year-old ballet dancer is the co-author of the book Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. She grew up orphaned in a civil war-torn