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Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no-no! Get ready to feel (kinda) old. It's been 10 years since the release of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love." 10 years. I don't know about you, but I remember the exact moment I first saw this music video. It was the spring of my freshman year of high school. I had just moved to Virginia after two years living on an overseas Air Force base in South Korea where we were on a pretty significant pop culture lag. To put it in perspective, it was also at this time when I was just discovering who Kelly Clarkson was, more than 8 months after the rest of America had crowned her their Idol and sweetheart. I knew who Beyonce was, though, because I was (still am) a raging Destiny's Child fan. My family and I had just arrived at the on-base temporary living facility where we would post up for the next month or two, and I flipped on MTV to play in the background while I unpacked. I lucked out with a block of music videos, a huge win on timing. A few songs played that I knew and liked, and then, that horn section loop came in. Jay's voice. "It's your girl, Bey!" I didn't know what it was, but I dropped everything, directed my full attention to the video, and mentally imprinted every second that followed for permanent safe-keeping.

I've always been the kind of girl who feels most at-home being (or pretending to be) "one of the boys," but I had to admit: Beyonce and "Crazy In Love" made embracing all your woman-ness look pretty badass. I was mesmerized by her ability to exude strength in a way that wasn't bullish and somehow, simultaneously, be very feminine in a way that wasn't breakable, a way that I actually wanted to identify with. Dresses looked less grossly epicene to me when they were bookending an outfit comprised of a ballcap, cropped satin bomber jacket, and gigantic low-slung pants. And at 14 years old, all of it felt ground-breaking. There are a lot of moments that make Beyonce the colossal star she is today, but it's this moment, this "Crazy In Love" music video, that will always make me a Beyonce fan. Thus, I invite you to celebrate with me the 10th anniversary of its release (the official date is this Saturday) in the only way a creature raised by the interwebz knows how: ANALYZING THE MUSIC VIDEO FASHION VIA INFINITY (alright, 20) GIFS! All while switching back and forth between the OG version and Emeli Sande's Gatsby cover. Enjoy!



Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

It's one of the simplest but also one of the most iconic looks of Bey's career.



Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Plain white tanks never looked so good. Incidentally, we just learned this year that the top isn't as plain as we once thought. Beyonce's long-time stylist Ty Hunter explained in a behind-the-scenes video from her most recent Pepsi commercial that it was actually covered in tiny rhinestones!


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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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