Beyoncé Made a Surprise Appearance In LaQuan Smith to Honor Colin Kaepernick

So much black excellence on one stage.
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So much black excellence on one stage.
Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Beyoncé is not one to waste her extremely valuable time, and thus generally avoids press interviews, fashion shows and minor events. That's why it was so notable that Queen B made a surprise appearance at Sports Illustrated's Person of the Year Awards on Tuesday night to present Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in recognition of Kaepernick's activism protesting police brutality.

"Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion only hop[ing] to change the world for the better," Beyoncé said according to Vanity Fair. "To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color. We're still waiting for the world to catch up."

Though Beyoncé was bound to make headlines no matter what she wore, she chose to dress in a manner that was relatively understated, perhaps to keep from drawing more attention than necessary to herself on a night where she sought to honor Kaepernick. To that end, Bey wore a figure-hugging black and silver long-sleeved minidress, strappy Giuseppe Zanotti heels and Lorraine Schwartz earrings with her curly hair cascading across her shoulders. It's worth noting that the maker of Beyoncé's dress, LaQuan Smith, is himself a black designer.

Beyoncé looked great, as did GQ cover star Kaepernick, decked out in a fitted black suit, black t-shirt and beaded necklace. But more than merely dressing well, the two served as a visual reminder of what celebrity platforms used for the greater good actually look like. More power to them both.

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