Beyoncé is in the news, but not for reasons that she might know! The legendary singer released her highly-anticipated seventh studio album, “RENAISSANCE,” in July, and the world hasn’t been the same ever since.
While the project has done the unimaginable and set several streaming records, it has been plagued with a lot of controversies, the latest being a cry out from an independent designer who claims he wasn’t paid fully for his fashion work on the album.
Beyoncé’s Personal Stylist Accused For Not Paying Up
In a now-deleted post on Instagram, the designer, who goes by Nusi Quero, aired his grievances about the issue. He shared a picture of the album cover art of “RENAISSANCE,” which sees Beyoncé dressed scantily in silver spiky ensembles while sitting on top of a holographic horse.
“I Was not paid for this, amongst other things,” was written across the album cover. In a subsequent slide, the designer decided to tell his truth, addressing Queen B’s personal stylist Marni Senofonte. He wrote, “Dear Marni Senofonte, As a stylist for B, I really expected the best from you and your team. But since you won’t respond to texts and emails, I suppose this is the final venue i can utilize before legal means to settle your outstanding balances that you’ve owed to me and my collaborator for about 3 months.”
Quero went ahead to list the work he did for the “RENAISSANCE” project, which includes “B Album cover piece,” a second variation, and a red custom 3D printed top which was used for a video shoot. The grieved designer claimed he wouldn’t go into the “intricacies” of the matter. However, he expressed displeasure about how growing designers are treated.
“I’m not going to pretend like I’m starting a revolution here. This industry is mega fucky to the core and in its crevices. The job of styling is insanely hard, superhuman, i can’t even fathom why or how u do what you do,” he lamented. “But I’m f**king sick of independent designers like me being treated like this. We are so often the last to get paid, the last to suck on the wet dirt left after everyone dries up the rivers that flow from OUR springs.”
Quero shared that he wasn’t credited for the look by Beyoncé’s team and didn’t even know his work was going to be on the cover until it came out. He described the process of calling out Senofonte as “humiliating” while slamming her teams’ lack of internal communication as the reason for the messy interaction.
He concluded his rant by sharing a lyric from the “PURE/HONEY” track from the album, which read, “Don’t be funny with my money, honey.”
Queen B’s Stylist Denies Claims Of Owing Payments
In the comments section, Senofonte denied the accusations, writing, “Nusi, you and I both know you were paid. You were initially given an advance that was wired to you w/out any issues. You then changed your bank account and provided an inaccurate bank acct #. You were sent screenshots of all the wire attempts. After 3 tries of wiring you, you were sent a check to the address you provided. I have screenshots of all of our conversations and failed wired attempts. It’s unfortunate you chose this route.”
Quero, however, maintained his claim, replying, “what? what the f**k are you talking about? it’s unfortunate I chose this route? is that a threat? do i need to post screenshots? check your emails, pay me, and pay me some respect. Oh, and the other designers I’ve got lined up waiting for theirs too.”
In a separate Instagram Story update, Quero clarified that his rant was directed at Beyoncé. “Let me be clear… I’m not coming at Beyoncé. I’m coming at her stylist. Beyoncé is a brilliant artist who does great things for human beings, I am honored she has worn my work.”
He continued, “Marni paid a 50% deposit to me for one of the 3 jobs, (not the album cover), nothing more, and it took over a month to get it to us.” Quero concluded, reiterating his belief that “better communication on the stylists’ behalf could’ve solved all of this.”
Beyoncé Slams Right Said Fred For ‘Erroneous’ Sampling Accusations
The debacle with Beyoncé’s stylist comes days after UK pop duo Right Fred Said slammed her for wrongly sampling their song, “I’m Too Sexy,” for her hit track from the “RENAISSANCE” album, “ALIEN SUPERSTAR.”
The sibling group slammed the 28-time Grammy Award winner for being “arrogant” and not seeking their permission. However, in a rare move, Beyoncé clapped back in a statement that set the record straight. It read, “The comments made by Right Said Fred stating that used ‘I’m Too Sexy’ in ‘Alien Superstar’ without permission are erroneous and incredibly disparaging.”
Beyoncé’s team continued, “Permission was not only granted for its use, but they publicly spoke of their gratitude for being on the album. For their song, there was no sound recording use, only the composition was utilized. Permission was asked of their publisher on May 11, 2022, and the publisher approved the use on June 15, 2022. They were paid for the usage in August 2022.”