She may not have nabbed an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls, but Beyoncé and her latest ubiquitous signature pose have been hard to miss on the red carpets. We asked body-language expert Patti Wood to weigh in on the singer-actress’ stance and took a trip down armpit memory lane, where plenty of celebs have raised their hands (’cause they’re sure?).
”You have to be a pretty brave mama to be putting your hands on your head,” Wood says. ”It’s typically a male posture. It’s called ‘the cape and the crown,’ [which says] ‘I’m in charge, I’m royalty.”’
”They make the head appear larger, saying, ‘I’m bigger than anybody else.’ Also, it’s very aggressive because of the sharp edges. It’s read by the subconscious as an attack stance.”
”The provocative hip tilt is very Mae West. It means, ‘Come here and have sex with me.”’
”What she’s doing is like a hula dancer!”
ANNA NICOLE SMITH 2005
A certain octogenarian magnet is clearly proud of her TrimSpa body (and her clear deodorant).
JULIETTE LEWIS 2006
Looks like the Catch and Release star is about to break into her own version of the chicken dance.
DIANA ROSS 1988
If this is how she says, ”I’m coming out,” then we’re scared to see ”Touch me in the morning.”
FRAN DRESCHER 1997
Even by Drescherian standards, this late-20th-century look is especially unfortunate.