With the release of Disney’s live-action reboot of The Lion King just over a month away, it’s only natural that Beyoncé would pay homage to her character, Nala, for this year’s Wearable Art Gala, held on June 1 in Santa Monica, California.
This year’s theme, “A Journey To The Pridelands,” was actually inspired by The Lion King, and Queen Bey went full-force in a gold sequined bodysuit with a gold-embroidered lion’s face featured front and center.
This wasn’t just any old lion, though — in true royal fashion, its stately mane was worked in gold-toned feathers that exploded off of the bodysuit, skimming her shoulders and torso. Adding in a gold cape with one serious train, Bey looked every inch the queen we’ve come to know and love. Real talk, where can we get one, and will it be ready in time for the premiere?
Bey also blessed us with a video of Blue Ivy lip-syncing to “Circle of Life,” one of the movie’s most iconic songs. Possibly taking inspiration from the Broadway iteration of The Lion King, Blue’s own outfit was fit for a queen-in-training; she chose a sunshine-yellow dress with intricate beadwork that formed a classic collar continue down the centre paired with matching beaded headwrap crowned with gold plumes. She’s got wearable art down to a science, people.
This isn’t the first time that Beyoncé and Blue Ivy coordinated their outfits for the Wearable Art Gala; the mother-daughter pair was seen at the 2018 event sporting matching gold dresses with corresponding headpieces.