Winnie Harlow is now part of a group nearly as exclusive as the Illuminati — Beyoncé's inner circle of bad b*****s. The model was one of the lucky few who was chosen by Bey to appear in her already-iconic visual album LEMONADE, but reveals she almost missed the chance because she didn't take it seriously at first.
"I was actually contacted by [Beyonce's] team a couple weeks prior but my agent at the time didn’t get back to them because they wouldn’t tell us much about the project," she tells W magazine. Notice how she said "at the time," because, yeah, if we had an agent who didn't call Beyoncé back, we'd fire them, too.
Eventually, just one day before the shoot took place, someone from Team Bey called Winnie directly, saying, "Beyoncé wants you. Can you fly to New Orleans tomorrow?"
Of course, we know Winnie said "hell yes" and ended up playing a pretty big role in the visuals for Beyoncé's soaring track "Freedom."
After shooting her scenes, Winnie got to chat with Bey and her mother Tina Knowles Lawson. "I wanted to thank her for acknowledging me as a strong Black woman and uplifting and continuing to empower us all. That made her so happy," she shares. "She said that’s exactly what she wanted to do and feels even more responsible now that she has Blue. I’m so happy to be a part of her iconic story now."
There's a lesson in this for all of us. When the phone rings, answer it, because you never know who might be on the other end.
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