Queen Beyoncé is over in London shooting her music video for “Brown Skin Girl” and is requesting the help of black and brown “normal people” who she wants to “tell their stories”.
The hit single became a trending topic over the summer following the release of Bey’s The Lion King: The Gift album. The video is being filmed on various south London estates, the Daily Mail reports. Members of the superstar’s team were spotted near the HM Prison Thameside on Thursday.
The casting call for the Grammy award winner’s latest video calls for “black and brown people of different cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, genders and ages” in London to come forward.
Beyoncé reportedly wants the video to “truly represent the essence of the song” and to have “normal people step forward and tell their stories”, a source told the Daily Mail.
The video is expected to highlight the beauty of diversity as the casting also called for people of different family structures, including blended families, single parents, queer and adopted families, The Grio reports. The inclusive video will also highlight women of various body shapes and ages ranging from six months all the way to elderly women.
There might also be surprise appearances from Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyong’o whom she namedropped in the song’s lyrics and the features Saint Jhn, Wizkid and Beyoncé’s own daughter Blue Ivy Carter. The video is set to be directed by Jean Nkiru, who directed The Carters iconic “APESH**T” video.
The video shoot for “Brown Skin Girl” comes after Bey and her husband Jay Z recently shot a video for an upcoming duet, The Sun reports.
“It’s one of her most extravagant and expensive shoots,” a source said, according to the Daily Mail.
“It was mostly filmed in LA and has a highly choreographed routine and also a steamy, romantic scene,” the source added. “She is working with some new creatives and is ready to change things up.”
Press play below to hear “Brown Skin Girl”.