After seeing Beyoncé's Toni Braxton Halloween costume, you may never breathe again. Queen Bey pays tribute to the R&B icon who recently announced a joint tour with legendary girl group SWV for 2019.
“Sending love and adoration to one of our talented legends. Thank you for the countless bops. Your tone, your beauty, your range, and your God-given talent is treasured. Loving you always. Have a Happy Halloween my Kings and Queens,” writes Beyoncé on Instagram.
Beyoncé’s “Phoni” Braxton recreates the singer on the cover of her 1993 self-titled debut album. The resemblance is uncanny, Down to the hair, the belt and even the gold earrings. Heidi Klum take several seats.
Braxton was overwhelmed by the tribute and responded on Twitter, "Phoni Braxton!? NEVER!!! How do you look better than me on MY album cover? I LOVE IT, Such a superstar! Thanks for the love sis!"
It’s not the first time Beyoncé pays tribute to her fellow greats. She has previously dressed up as, Lil' Kim, Janet Jackson and Salt n Pepa, and of course she celebrated Tina Turner with a perfect rendition of the legend’s Proud Mary at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors.
While are other divas are busy trading insults or throwing shoes, Beyoncé manages to keep it humble and classy by honoring her fellow soul sisters. Braxton’s debut album was certified eight times platinum in the US and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, long before the age of the download or online sales. The album generated such classics as Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again and Seven Whole Days. The singer went on to win three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995.
Despite struggling with serious health problems, Braxton has continued to be active both as a singer and actress. In 2010, Braxton told CBS News that she had been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease. The singer, whose son Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis has autism, is very involved with Autism Speaks, serving as their International Spokesperson.
Despite her struggles, Braxton has made a definitive comeback in the past couple of years. On September 14, 2017, she released the lead single Deadwood from her eighth studio album Sex & Cigarettes, and in January, the film Faith Under Fire premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network. The album has received positive reviews from music critics, while the film, based on the true story of Antoinette Tuff, a Georgia woman who works in an elementary school and must deal with a deranged gunman who enters the building, is the number one original movie on cable for 2018.