Right on the heels of her visual album, Black Is King, Beyoncé has shared the stunning solo music video for “Brown Skin Girl.” Which is one of the tracks of her Lion King companion album, The Lion King: The Gift.
On Monday, the star uploaded the video as a standalone visual on YouTube. It had previously only been available to Disney+ subscribers as a part of Beyoncé’s most recent musical film, Black Is King. Which dropped exclusively on the streaming service at the end of last month.
In the artsy video, Beyoncé enlists various famous faces. Including Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, Adut Akech and her former Destiny’s Child band-mate Kelly Rowland.
All of whom she name drops on the song to sing the praises of black beauty identity and heritage. Alongside her 8-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, who sings on the opening and closing of the track.
The Jenn Nkiru-directed clip features Beyoncé and the rest of the video’s stars in a series of beautiful shots and dazzling outfits, like many of Beyonce’s recent videos. With guest features on the song from Saint Jhn and Wizkid.
“To everything alive, baby, know your worth”
“Brown Skin Girl” first appeared on Beyoncé’s 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, which went hand in hand with Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King. For which Beyoncé provided the voice of Nala alongside Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen and many others.
The fan-favorite track from the album shines a light on cultural pride and female empowerment with its uplifting and encouraging lyrics.
“Oh, have you looked in the mirror lately? / Wish you could trade eyes with me ’cause / There’s complexities in complexion / But your skin, it glow like diamonds / Pigment like the earth, you be giving birth / To everything alive, baby, know your worth,” the singer croons on the track.
“It was so important to me in ‘Brown Skin Girl’ that we represented all different shades of brown”
In a brief statement to Good Morning America about the visual, Beyoncé shared, “It was so important to me in ‘Brown Skin Girl’ that we represented all different shades of brown. We wanted every character to be shot in a regal light”
“My greatest inspiration comes from Black people, specifically Black women,” Nkiru said in the statement. Beyoncé continued, “It was important that we’re all in this together and we all are celebrating each other.”
“She’s really smart, mature, very intelligent”
Earlier this year at the NAACP Image Awards dinner, the 8-year-old daughter of the “Love On Top” singer and JAY-Z won the outstanding duo/group prize for her contributions to the song. Blue received a writing credit for the track. Which scored not only her first official feature, but her first official entry onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
During an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live!, Campbell, shared that she has met Blue and noted how mature she is. “She is a very, very lovely girl,” the supermodel said. “She’s really smart, mature, very intelligent.”
Beyoncé also won six awards during the night, including Outstanding female artist and Outstanding soundtrack/compilation album for “The Lion King: The Gift.”