Queen Bey’

Addicted Art Gallery
3 min readFeb 27, 2024

Beyoncé has become the first Black woman to top the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

The Grammy-winning artist, 42, claimed her latest record-breaking feat with her new single, “Texas Hold ‘Em”, after it debuted at No 1.

Go back to where it all began.

Destiny’s Child, New York” by Markus Klinko, 2000

“I shot Beyoncé for the first time in 2000 for Vibe magazine, when she was part of Destiny’s Child. I knew she was a superstar right away. She walked in and I said to her mother, Tina, who was styling the shoot: ‘This one in the middle here, she’s going to be a huge star.’ Tina looked at me like: ‘Yeah, we know.’ After that, things really started taking off with music shoots.” ~ Markus Klinko

Source: “Beyoncé is wearing my jeans!’ Markus Klinko’s best shot”, The Guardian, 2023

About Markus Klinko

Markus Klinko is an award-winning international fashion/celebrity photographer and director who has worked with many of today’s most iconic film, music, and fashion stars.

Markus has photographed the likes of Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Iman.

His editorial clients include Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Interview magazine. Brands such as Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka, and Remy Martin have hired Markus to create advertising campaigns.

Born in Switzerland of French, Italian, Jewish, and Hungarian descent, Markus spent his early years training to become a classical harp soloist. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris.

Later, Markus signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics and a management contract with Columbia Artists Management. He received the Grand Prix de Disque for his recording of French harp music with the orchestra of the Paris Opera Bastille. Markus also performed in recitals and as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras around the world. He was also regularly featured in Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yor Times, Madame Figaro, Stereo Review and Ongaku no Tomo.

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