Take a look at any one of Beyonce‘s music videos circa 2008, from “Single Ladies” to “Get Me Bodied,” and chances are, you’ll see Ashley Everett’s red tresses bouncing in the background. Since 2007, Ashley has served as King Bey’s lead dancer and is a part of the artistic visions behind some of Beyonce’s biggest career highlights to date–performing at The Super Bowl last year, embarking on The Mrs. Carter World Tour, and of course, creating music videos for the “Beyonce“ album. Ashley still can’t believe she’s worked with her since the age of 17. She wooed choreographer Frank Gatson with her moves and decided to forgo alum-status from The Julliard School to stay on the 2007 “The Beyonce Experience” tour. But, considering the doors that have opened for her to dance with the likes of Ciara, Robin Thicke and Usher, we don’t think she has any regrets.
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We chatted with the dance superstar about maintaining her own luscious red curls, the craziest costumes she’s had to wear, the real reason Beyonce cut her hair and that little Grammys performance we’ve been hearing about.
Hello Beautiful: You’re known primarily for your hair. How did you end up going from brown to burgundy red?
Ashley Everett: I had wanted to dye it red and I had this picture that I looked at everyday. [The hair in the picture] was way darker than what it is now, but it was still in the red family. I wanted to go there. I had my hairstylist color it and it was first time I colored my whole head and that was a big deal at the time. I dyed it, but it was still really dark because I was scared to go with it and then Beyonce one day in rehearsal was like, ‘Ashley, would you go really red?’ She just asked me. That was my extra push. So, it slowly got more and more red.
HB: It seems like Beyonce encourages you all to show your personalities a little.
AE: She definitely does and she’ll say what she likes on us. She’ll be like, ‘Ashley, I like when your hair is big.’ She’ll say what she likes and we do have room to play and change. But, for the most part, we try to stick to it because they want us to look the same. Like her, she doesn’t change her hair too much.
HB: When she cut her hair, there was a lot of commotion from fans and media. What were you all saying about it as members of her team?
AE: It was a big deal. I asked her, ‘What made you cut it?’ and she said she wanted to feel like a woman and feel beautiful without it being her hair that makes it feel that way. So, she chopped her hair off.
HB: Are there any products you use to maintain your own hair and moisturize it?
AE: I love Moroccan Oil. They have, I think it’s called Intense Curl Cream. I put it in straight out the shower when my hair is wet and it’s just all that moisture that I use with heat and products and styling. So, I swear by Moroccan Oil. I use other products from a salon in New York, but it’s called Hair Rules and they have shampoos and conditioners. I try to deep condition my hair and keep it moisturized.
HB: What beauty products do you use to spruce up after rehearsal or after a show?
AE: Makeup wise. I love MAC. The Studio Fixes, the powder one, I love that. During a show, that’s what I use for touch-ups, after a show, we go out, that’s what I use for a touch up. It takes away the shininess and sweating. Most of lipsticks are MAC. I usually have a nude, a pink, a red, and then like a darker red. Those are my four colors that I use. I don’t do green or purple or anything [laughs]. Ruby Woo is a great one.
HB: What’s the craziest costume you ever had to dance in?
AE: I’ve definitely had to dance in some crazy shoes. Shoes are always a set up when it comes to us being dancers and it’s usually in videos. One of the craziest most outrageous costumes I had to wear was for the O2 commercial where she’s the King Bey and we’re her entourage of people [laughs]. We literally wore corsets and dresses with those hip things in them. It was so hard to sit in it, walk around. We couldn’t drink anything all day because if we had to pee, it would’ve taken a half hour to get out and get back in. It was full-on corsets.
HB: You’ve been with her for quite a while, and she’s definitely changed throughout the years, how has your style as a performer evolved along with her growth?
AE: I was really young when I first started. I was 17. But, she was young, too. She wasn’t the same woman; she wasn’t married, she didn’t have a baby. I’ve matured and just become the woman I am now and she’s definitely played a big part in that. I’ve just grown with her, especially with this new album. This new album is very mature and sexual. She wants women on stage with her, she doesn’t want little girls.
HB: Being on her team, are there any talks about a Grammy performance, maybe?
AE: [Laughs] I know something, but I don’t know if I’m allowed to say. If you are looking for her, I’d say watch the Grammys, for sure.
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Beyonce and Jay Z have been on their "On The Run" tour since June 25, but the two still make time to relax and show off their activities to their fans! We wish we could get an invite! Check out pictures that Beyonce posted on Instagram and be sure to catch them on tour until September 13!
Queen Bey doesn't just say thank you and move on, she shows her appreciation with a split! "Thank y'all so much for my birthday wishes ! 🐝🐝33!!!!!"
The Queen throws up the deuces before taking a drive.
You know she has to throw in a gangsta pic.
Of course, she's the winner! Werk! (Check out who else she bought with her to the race: http://bit.ly/1m8KpXU)
Keeping it chic and simple in black and white!
Bey really needs to show us her workout regimen. ASAP.
Bey is serving retro-glam in her cat-eye sunglasses.
9. Beyonce & Blue
It looks like Blue is trying to tag along.
We're here for this all-denim look.
Looking fancy-free in floral.
Bey looks flawless in this floral set. "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful we must carry it within us or we find it not. Emerson"
"My favorite hue is JayZ Blue🐝"
Doesn't she look fabulous?
15. Beyonce & Jay Z
Bey shared an intimate picture of her and Jay when Bey was pregnant with Blue. How sweet!
16. Jay Z
Is Jay about to touch the sun?
Bey looks casual and glam on the beach.
We'll help her cheer to the good life!
Queen Bey looks amazing on her surfboard!
Beyonce looks near the sunset.
Bey rocked a cute hot pink jumpsuit.
22. Beyonce, Blue and Jay
Beyonce, Blue and Jay walked together and looked pretty happy while doing it.
Could we boogie with Beyonce at the rollerskating rink?
Beyonce had some fun after her "On The Run" tour at a roller skating rink.
Everyone has to fall on the rink sometimes. At least Beyonce looks graceful doing it.
Enjoying the skating rink with her crew. "Don't need no hateration holleratin' in this skatery😍Fun plex🐝"
How does she look fabulous all the time, even tying her skates?
Bey stepping onto the rink.
Who doesn't have time to laugh a little? We'd love to relax with Bey!
It must be nice to relax and chill after a performance. "Good morning 🐝"
Bey is working that camouflage set, honey!
32. Beyonce In A Short Set
We're totally into this short set!
33. Beyonce In All Patterns
Bey experimented with some colorful prints! WERK, girl!
Bey & Jay take a burger break on the set of "RUN."
Bey may look totally bad*** here, but she still keeps it fly with her lace.
Bey takes a fun pic with Blake Lively who made a guest cameo in "RUN."
The diva lines up against the wall with "RUN" co-stars Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones.
She didn't do it! Beyonce poses with actress Emmy Rossum who made a brief cameo as a cop in the trailer.
Bey knows how to point that gun, we see. We better watch out!
DATE NIGHT! Beyoncé was pretty in pink! The "Flawless" singer and hubby Jay Z were spotted in the NYC streets last night. Bey flashed a bright smile and even brighter fashion. Peep her hottest summer looks so far when you scroll through this gallery...
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48. Beyonce Makes It Look Easy
Now that the "Mrs. Carter World Tour" is over, Beyonce is lounging. At least, that's what we think. She made time to upload a few pictures from her elegant Met Gala festivities and a few pics of her rocking an Aaliyah shirt.
49. Beyonce Loves Her Fur
The singer looked cool as ever in her fur with her Aaliyah tee.
50. Bey & Jay Get Close
The power couple make time for a little PDA.
51. Bey Poses With Lupita
This picture serves all kind of fabulous.
52. Bey Before Her Met Gala Reveal
The star looked elegant and luxurious in her black gown.
53. Bey Enjoys A Spring Day
54. Bey & Jay Keep It Cool With Erykah
This picture just screams "fabulous"!
55. Bey & Solange Get Cutesy
The sister duo look chic and fun.
56. Beyonce & Blue Ivy
57. Beyonce Lounges With Her Rabbit Ears
The hot mama dressed festive for the holiday.
The lovely singer posed in pastels.
How does she jump in the air that high with a skirt on?
The entertainer looks cute in her boots.
62. Jay Z & Nas
The two legends hung out backstage.
63. Beyonce & Jay Z
The couple kept each other close all weekend.
64. Beyonce & Jay Z
Don't they look relaxed and happy?
Beyonce and Juelz are clearly having a good time.
66. Beyonce & Jay Z
The couple enjoy a live set.
67. Juelz & Beyonce
If you look closely, Beyonce's face is peeking out of one of the circles.
The singer puts up the deuces for the camera.
69. Beyonce & Jay Z
The couple looks relaxed and chill.
70. Beyonce & Jay Z
Bey and Jay hang out backstage.
Solange's big sister is all smiles during Solange's performance.
72. Beyonce Hugs Solange
Solange & Bey share an intimate moment on stage.
Bey poses it up in animal print.
The singer is surrounding by flashing lights and lasers during the festival.
75. Beyonce & Solange Hug It Out
The sisters are extremely playful on stage.
76. Beyonce & Solange Does A Two-Step
They literally danced the night away!
77. Beyonce & Solange
But, that BIG hair, though? In love.
78. Beyonce & Jay Z Are Unbothered
The two made a surprise visit and we're here for it.
79. Bey & Jay Look Gangsta
The couple stayed fresh during their visit.
80. Beyonce's Grill
The grill Beyonce wore at the festival.
81. Solange & Mama Tina Groove Together
Even Tina kept it cute over the weekend.
82. Beyonce Poses It Up
Beyonce looks adorable in her sweatshirt and shorts.
83. Beyonce On A Polaroid
The superstar posed it up for the perfect shot.
84. Beyonce & Jay Z
The couple were lounging together for a glass of wine.
85. Beyonce & Blue
Bey and her daughter out near the water.
The wind whips her hair back and forth.
The singer is all smiles near the water.
How does she remain this tight, though?!
Playing around, doing cartwheels.
90. Beyonce & Blue
Isn't Blue getting big?!
Bey hides behind a few tree branches.
92. Jay Z & Blue
Blue rides along with her dad.
93. Beyonce & Jay Z
The couple coordinate in streetwear.
The singer looks on.
95. Beyonce & Jay
The couple smile for the cameras.
96. Beyonce & Jay
97. Beyonce & Jay
Are we loving Beyonce's curls?
98. Beyonce Looks On
Bey watches the game.
99. Beyonce & Jay
The married twosome share a laugh.
Bey aces her impromptu photo shoots every time.