(Picture: Raven Varona/Parkwood/PictureGroup/REX/Shutterstock)Queen Bey has coined a term you’re probably going to be seeing everywhere on social media now – the Melanated Mona.
Accepting a Brit Award for Best International Group, Beyoncé and Jay Z sent a video tribute to viewers and it was everything we wanted it to be.
The power couple gave a shoutout to Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle whose painting hung proudly behind the couple in a regal frame, looking every inch the royalty she is.
The brilliant set-up was, of course, an ode to their music video Apeshit, shot partially at the Louvre, during which the couple stood in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
But they decided to add their own twist to the music awards by honouring Meghan and calling her a Melanated Mona – a Black woman leading the way – during America’s Black History Month.
‘In honour of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas. Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy,’ wrote Bey of the Duchess.
We have a feeling the phrase will now be used to describe many Black queens around the world.
Users online applauded the move, especially as Meghan has faced a tough time with problematic and racist attitudes directed at her from the mainstream media and online.
Metro journalist Tobi Akingbade wrote: ‘Do you even understand how important Beyoncé’s and Jay’s statement was? They snubbed the Grammy’s yet filmed something for the Brits to honour Meghan Markle as an act of solidarity as she faces the most blatant misogynoir.’
Plenty of others also saw it as an act of solidarity with Meghan.
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In her Instagram caption, Beyoncé also gave a shout-out to fellow former Destiny’s Child stars Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams who she probably also considers to be Melanated Monas.
‘Thank you to the Brits for the award for Best International Group. I won this award back in 2002 with my besties, Kelly and Michelle,’ she wrote.
The painting shown in the award acceptance video was created by American artist Tim O’Brien who has ties to Meghan as he created the art for her sorority’s alumni magazine.
It’s not the first time Bey has put together a catchy little term. In a Vogue shoot last year, she spoke about FUPA – fatty upper pubic area – to address and normalise the taboo body part that many women feel embarrassed about.
‘Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.’
It’s a little-known moniker and is medically referred to as panniculus – a dense layer of fatty tissue growth consisting of fat below the abdomen.
We can’t wait for all the other new words the queen will be coming up with in the upcoming year.
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