In the age of the “like” as the social currency of the Internet, we have a new record holder. Beyonce's maternity announcement photograph, which was posted to Instagram recently, has now garnered 8.8 million likes and about 417,000 comments.
And well… let's take a look at it.
It certainly seems to be dividing opinion on its merits, but we're told that the photographer was a graduate of Cooper Union School of Art in L.A. and trained under David LaChapelle at one point.
A few people are pointing out its amateurish 80s aesthetic, but with a decent resume as the photographer has, is it too much of a stretch to imagine that the look may have been entirely deliberate? It leads into all sorts of arguments that you are probably already familiar with about what defines art.
For what it's worth, Buzzfeed called the photo, “beautiful, and quite frankly iconic.”
What do you think?