Just when you thought Halloween was over and you’d seen every (very extra) celebrity costume, Beyoncé brought it back in a major way. On Friday the star dressed up in five Lil’ Kim homages and posted pics for the world to enjoy. Not only were they fantastic choices—Lil’ Kim was a fashion icon of the ’90s and early aughts, after all—but they were also spot-on copies of each look. No last-minute costume planning here!
We saw that Bey and Jay Z dressed up as Lil’ Kim and The Notorious B.I.G. for Kelly Rowland’s Halloween party this year, but we hadn’t yet seen the full extent of Beyoncé’s commitment to the look—until now. Queen B (a.k finally graced us with a series of five looks, titled “Halloween 2017: Lil’ Kim Appreciation,” on her website. The captions read, “Hip hop would not be the same without our original Queen B”, followed by, “It ain’t over till Yonce.”
In the outfit she wore to the party, Bey (a.k.a. Queen B) dressed up as Lil’ Kim (a.k.a. Queen Bee) as the latter singer appeared in Missy Elliott’s 1997 “The Rain” music video—Chanel suspenders and all.
She didn’t stop there, either: Beyoncé dressed in Lil’ Kim’s lime green ensemble from the 1997 No Way Out tour, as well as the famous fishnet body suit Lil’ Kim wore on the red carpet for the 1999 Source Hip Hop Music Awards. Bey also recreated her blue slip dress look from the 2000 cover shoot for Today’s Black Woman along with another cover of Lil’ Kim’s: a 2001 Manhattan File shoot involving a blue wig with Chanel logo bangs.
The attention to detail is incredible.
Lil’ Kim had the best reactions to Bey’s impressions of her. She posted side-by-sides of them on her on Instagram and was all for the looks:
Queen B and Queen Bee, this is truly iconic.