Published January 23, 2007
Beyonce is up in arms — trying out a puzzling, Jessica Rabbit-like pose on red carpets around the world.
The fashion world agrees: It's the pits.
"I would generally say that it's never good to pose with your armpits towards the camera. You always want to put your best side forward, and no one's best side is their armpit, no matter how cute you are," says movement instructor and model coach Mac Folkes, who helps Ford models learn how to walk the runway and pose for pictures.
"At this stage in the game, she should most definitely know better. She's gone on enough red carpets to know better than that."
Folkes says he's very particular about appendages — such as knees, elbows and armpits — facing the camera, and makes sure his students know that those are the least flattering poses.
Perhaps Beyonce is trying to mimic the arms-in-the-sky pose on the (airbrushed) posters for "Dreamgirls," much the way Lindsay Lohan winked at every photo shoot for "Just My Luck." Maybe she's been reading a few too many '50s cheesecake magazines.
"Maybe this is how she gets back at Jennifer Hudson," Folkes suggests. "She's trying to grab some headlines back by showing her off her armpits."