Beyonce has released preapproved photographs of her current world tour, after allegedly telling photographers they are not allowed to take pictures while she is onstage.
While on tour in Birmingham, England, the 31-year-old singer approved and released photos of herself onstage.
Beyonce created the new preapproval process because she apparently was not amused when unflattering pictures of her showstopping Super Bowl halftime performance in February were posted online.
Her publicist called and emailed BuzzFeed, the first outlet to publish the pictures, and asked it to remove photos of Beyonce deemed “unflattering.”
“There are some unflattering photos on your current feed that we are respectfully asking you to change,” her publicist emailed the site. BuzzFeed did not delete the photos. Instead, it reposted the pictures along with the publicist’s email.
Now, in an effort to make sure there is not another situation similar to BuzzFeed’s, Beyonce is no longer allowing independent photographers to shoot her world tour, sources tell the New York Post.
“The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” launched this month in Serbia.
The tour -- whose name is based on her husband Jay-Z’s legal name, Shawn Carter -- is set to hit 15 European countries before arriving in the U.S. on June 28. Beyonce’s last major tour, in 2009, was the “I Am ... ” world tour.
Sites that want pictures from her latest tour now have to sign up for preapproved shots.
This may be why Beyonce has released a tour book documenting her performances.
Beyonce has about 60 more shows on the tour, including an Aug. 3 performance at the Barclays Center in New York, where she and her family reside.
Amethyst Tate graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. During her time at IBT, her articles have been sourced by various...