Since she started her Mrs. Carter Show world tour back in April, Beyonce’s Tumblr has been chock full of photos from life on the road, from onstage performance shots to backstage prep. She also, however, recently posted the image seen up top of herself when she was but a wee little thing with stars in her eyes. Talk about a celebrity flashback!
Like a lot of Tumblr posts (it IS largely an image-based medium, after all), this one has pretty much no context; we don’t know when this photo was taken, or where, or how Bey managed to get a hold of it to post it right then and there. Does she just travel around with a giant sack of photos from the pre-digital age and flip through them at her leisure? It seems unlikely, but hey, stranger things have happened. Like hand-carved ice balls.
Us Weekly estimates Little Bey’s age at about seven or eight and thinks that she donned the gold costume, turban, and earrings for a school performance; if they’re right, that would mean that she was enrolled at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Fredericksburg, TX at the time. If, however, she’s a year or two older, then she’ll have been at the Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston that Beyonce enrolled in during the fall of 1990 (she would have been nine or ten at the time). Myself, I’m leaning towards the Parker Elementary School theory; there’s a certain symmetry to posting an image of yourself getting ready to perform as a child at the place where it all began while you’re getting ready to perform a show as a world-famous musical superstar. Besides, Bey apparently sang in the choir at Parker—it’s not unheard of for choirs to put on elaborate costumes every now and again, so maybe that explains the snazzy getup.
Anyhoo, one thing’s for sure: Even as a kid, Beyonce was cooler than all of us. Because of COURSE she was!
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Lucia Peters is BettyConfidenetial’s senior editor.