Superstar Beyoncé is getting set to release her next and seventh studio album, Renaissance, on July 29th. To ramp up the media machine going into that release, Bey released the album cover on her Instagram account which features the songstress astride a silver holographic horse while she wears a barely-there harness. The image is reminiscent of Lady Godiva (the historical figure, not the chocolate brand). Lady Godiva was a famous 13th century noblewoman famous for riding naked through the streets of Coventry, England, covering her private parts with her long hair, to protest oppressive taxes imposed on the people by her husband.
Beyoncé’s post spoke to the singer’s creative process on the new recording. “Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration. I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.”
As with everything Beyoncé does, the Internet noticed. And it wasn’t long before her peeps were wondering, just what is up with Bey’s repeated horse imagery? Fashion bible W Magazine went so far as to investigate the star’s horse love by summarizing every time Beyoncé was seen near or on a horse.
Highlights include her 2011 video for Run the World (Girls), which has Beyoncé riding a horse; she headlined the 2007 Houston Livestock Show by entering the arena riding a horse; and in a video used on her On the Run II tour she wears a wedding dress while, you guessed it, riding a horse. There are also numerous times she has posed atop a horse for fashion shoots and/or featured horses as part of her music career, such as in Lemonade.
While there seems to be little evidence to suggest that Beyoncé owns or rides her own horses, what is clear is that she loves them as much as we do, making her an honourary horse girl in our books.