One thing I like most about Beyonce’s new Ivy Park fitness line is the prevalence of the number 4. Like Beyonce I was born on September 4th. For my fellow Virgo Queen Bey, 4 has been a significant number throughout her life and her daughter’s name Blue Ivy is a reference to the Roman numeral IV which means 4. While I’ve never met Beyonce in real life, I feel a special connection to her through our birthdays and now through this fitness line.
The Met Gala is truly the ultimate night of fashion. It’s elegance, exclusivity and overall beauty are beyond compare. This year, however, the fashion (or should I say lack there of it) took the red carpet to a whole new level. While I absolutely loved Amal Clooney‘s red gown and Sarah Jessica Parker‘s daring headdress, when it came to Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and J.Lo’s nearly naked dresses, I couldn’t help but feel that I was looking at flesh not fashion.
I’ve always seen the perfect red carpet look as a dress that compliments the woman wearing it. While we should admire the couture gown, what we should ultimately remember is the woman who wore it. In the case of these fabulous three women, I didn’t see or remember a dress, all I saw was the woman. While their amazing bodies absolutely deserve to be flaunted and shared with the world, I wondered why they chose to wear so little at an event celebrating fashion.
According to an article I read in The Cut, this minimal wardrobe choice is part of a new trend known as the “couture body.” While wearing an expensive designer gown is still a status symbol, the couture body takes it to the next level. With all of the expensive trainers, nutritionists, doctors and luck of the draw genetics that goes into achieving a red carpet-worthy body, it’s no wonder that we’ve moved into a post fashion era where figures are the new Fendi and curves are the new Chanel. In a world where a toned physique is often a sign of a luxurious lifestyle filled with gym memberships, organic foods and deep tissue massages, it seems like the hot bod has become the ultimate status symbol. While I’m uncertain as to if this is a passing trend or a new era in fashion, it might be time to start hitting the gym twice a day.
Living in NYC, I’m used to seeing celebrities about town. I walk by them all the time and like a true New Yorker, I don’t even bat an eye. However, if I’d seen Kate Middleton during her epic Royal Visit to New York, I would have immediately been transformed into a 13-year-old fangirl. Luckily, I just admired her outfits from a far and learned five important life lessons from her visit to the Big Apple.
1. It’s okay to roll your eyes at ignorant people
I was personally embarrassed as a New Yorker when a woman barked “keep wrapping” at Kate while she was wrapping gifts at a children’s charity event in Harlem. Whoever said that learned the hard way that when Kate Middleton rolls her eyes, it goes viral.
2. If you want to see Beyonce, go to a Nets game
Even if you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you still heard all about the royals meeting Jay-Z and Beyonce at Barclays Center. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure the universe could handle these two amazingly perfect women in the same room. I feared a global apocalypse that would change the world as we know it. Instead, it only proved to me even more that New York is the best city in the world.
3. Wear classy coats
Kate was seen all around New York wearing the classiest coats. Not only were they perfect for the inclement weather, they also made the outfit. I love seeing coats that could be outfits in themselves and it seems like the Duchess of Cambridge is truly a coat connoisseur.
4. Don’t touch royalty
LeBron James caused quite a stir in the British press when he put his arm around Kate Middleton at the Nets game. However, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace came out saying that LeBron was not in violation of royal protocol. In fact, there is no such thing as royal protocol and the royals want people to feel as comfortable as possible while meeting them. But, just to be safe, don’t give Kate a hug when you first meet her. Just shake her hand.
5. Blowouts are best
Kate’s hair stayed perfect for the entire visit thanks to her effortless blowouts. These styles were perfect for the rainy and windy weather we had all week. Should one meet with an unfriendly gust of wind, your blowout will still look effortlessly beautiful.
September 4, 2014 is not only my birthday and Beyonce’s birthday, it’s also the first day of New York Fashion Week. The stars have aligned and brought together three momentous occasions on one special day and I can’t wait to see what happens. Though my due date was originally in mid-August, I have a theory that I was born two weeks late because I didn’t want to come out until they started showing the spring collections.
As for sharing a birthday with Beyonce, it’s an honor that I take very seriously. Us Virgos are known to be efficient perfectionists. I only hope that I can someday reach the same level of perfection as Beyonce. For now, it’s time to take on another amazing New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.
I’ve long been fascinated by constellations and the study of astrology. So when I discovered that Beyonce and I share the same birthday of September 4th, I got into thinking about destiny, Destiny’s Child, and how our futures may very well be written at birth in the alignment of the stars. If that’s true, then I’m happy to share some of the same celestial alignments as fellow Virgo, Beyonce. Whenever I give myself a birthday toast I always remember to say “Happy Birthday to me and Beyonce!” Having always been a picky perfectionist, I pride myself in embodying the Virgo spirit. My ultra Virgo qualities have even earned me the nickname “Picky Vicky.” So to show my zodiac pride, I put together a collection of my favorite Virgo styles and accessories.