Beyoncé's HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, has been touted as an honest look at the reality behind her high-gloss, have-it-all exterior. Many of the shots are makeup-free selfies, recorded on her own computer at home or in hotel rooms. But the problem with this warts-and-all portrayal is that Beyonce has no warts. It's like one of those "Stars Without Makeup" photo shoots in which the woman still looks better barefaced than any of us could ever hope to after hours of primping. The takeaway? By allowing us to see how flawless she is at her "worst," most un-diva moments, Beyonce convinces us that she's even more superhuman than we thought to begin with. Click through our slideshow of said highlights from tonight's documentary.
The Un-Diva Moment: For the "interview" that's interspersed with other footage throughout the documentary, she wears jeans, a plain white shirt, very little makeup, and no shoes. We even see the soles of her feet. But She's Still Beyoncé: That's a killer pedicure, and you know she didn't just toss her hair up in that bun herself. Plus, that is one very fancy sofa she's lounging on.
The Un-Diva Moment: Warming up for dance practice, breathing hard and even sweating -- well, okay, glistening. But She's Still Beyoncé: She can do that with her shoulders, just as a warm-up! And probably even before breakfast.
The Un-Diva Moment: Talking about the infamous "breakup" with her dad, to herself, on her computer, with no makeup and just a plain t-shirt on. But She's Still Beyoncé: Those eyebrows. How do they stay like that? And what brand of lip balm does she use?
The Un-Diva Moment: 19-year-old Bey freaking out when she finds out the new Destiny's Child album, Survivor, has debuted at #1. But She's Still Beyoncé: That feathered hat, frosty makeup, and layered bling are wrong in all the best, early-aughts ways. And is she wearing a grill?
The Un-Diva Moment: It's 3 a.m., and she just found out she's pregnant. But She's Still Beyoncé: She appears to be tastefully nude, swathed in lovely crisp white sheets.
The Un-Diva Moment: Jay-Z is recording her on a boat, with the wind blowing her hair everywhere. But She's Still Beyoncé: They're on a boat. Probably a yacht.
The Un-Diva Moment: She's cutting her own hair. But She's Still Beyoncé: She can always get more.
The Un-Diva Moment: Performing in her mom Tina's beauty salon with the earliest Destiny's Child members. But She's Still Beyoncé: She may be wearing really cheesy nineties patched jeans, but she definitely has the least embarrassing outfit of the group.
The Un-Diva Moment: Singing along to "Lovefool" in her family's kitchen. But She's Still Beyoncé: Turns out she's been doing that hair-flip move since childhood. Plus, her butt looks fabulous even in drawstring pajama pants.
The Un-Diva Moment: Practing her routine for "Run the World (Girls)," which she performed live at the 2011 Billboard Awards, in a hotel hallway because they're so short on time and space. But She's Still Beyoncé: Bet that place had really nice room service.
The Un-Diva Moment: She's worried about the 2011 Billboard Awards live performance, and exhausted. But She's Still Beyoncé: The whole shot is artfully focused on half her face. Maybe there was something remotely human (a tiny, stress-induced pimple, even) happening on the other half?
The Un-Diva Moment: It's the middle of the night, and she woke up because she felt the baby kick for the first time. But She's Still Beyoncé: AHHH SHE'S SO ADORABLE AND HAPPY.
The Un-Diva Moment: Here she is, 20 weeks pregnant. She wears sweats and checks out her tummy in the mirror, just like the rest of us! But She's Still Beyoncé: Yes, that's a belly chain.
The Un-Diva Moment: Addressing the surrogacy rumors, with what appear to be Container Store tubs in the background. But She's Still Beyoncé: Of course her belongings are neatly organized in Container Store tubs. They even have labels.
The Un-Diva Moment: She's eight-and-a-half months pregnant and filming herself naked. But She's Still Beyoncé: This appears to be shot professionally, in some sort of studio with nice lighting.
The Un-Diva Moment: She's wearing curlers in the hospital, where she's about to give birth. But She's Still Beyoncé: She's wearing curlers in the hospital.
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