Ed Sheeran’s understated “average guy” look of long-sleeved top and dark jeans usually excites no comment. That was not the case when he appeared on stage beside Beyoncé, who looked every inch the diva.
“How dare [he] feel it is okay to dress down so blatantly next to Beyoncé,” one Twitter user wrote. Others said that the music industry was perpetrating double standards, with different expectations for women.
At the festival in South Africa to celebrate what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, Beyoncé wore a dress by the Ashi Studio, one of six costume changes.