As a child, I trained myself to dance in very high heels. At 13, in Destiny’s Child, we were told to wear heels, but at first, we couldn’t walk in them. We couldn’t keep our knees straight, but we learned.’ – Beyoncé

I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say, “Oh my God! They look so comfortable!’ – Christian Louboutin.

Monday: 1 of 6

Monday: 1 of 6

Beyonce photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for W Magazine (July 2011).
Styled by Alex White.

I think she is wearing Givenchy.

“I was still thinking about Bettie Page, and wanted to do something that was inspired by her. This video was a secret: I paid for and codirected it and didn’t tell my label or my management. The clothes and jewelry are from my closet, the wigs are mine, and I did my own makeup. We did eight looks in one day in this great house that belonged to a producer who worked with Dorothy Dandridge. He had pictures of her on the wall, so her spirit is in the video, too. I love Super 8 film and wanted to get those saturated colors. It’s a different drama—the tears and martinis and cigarettes. I wanted to channel the past for the present.” – Beyonce