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31 Mar

Is ‘Swarm’ Based Off of Beyoncé? Why Twitter Is

“Swarm,” a Prime Video series that debuted on March 17, is getting a number of buzz as a result of its parallels to Beyoncé. Actually, the title alone has an obvious connection as Beyoncé’s fans are often called the Beyhive — and bees do, indeed, swarm.

Dominique Fishback stars as Dre, a young woman whose obsession with global pop star Ni’Jah (played by Nirine S. Brown) takes a sinister turn. Dre develops an unhealthy obsession, murdering anyone who discredits her as an artist.

Created by Donald Glover and Janine Nabers, the series includes real-life singers Chloe Bailey (who was signed under Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment enterprise) and Billie Eilish. Malia Obama cowrote the show’s fifth episode.

Together with the themes of fandom, rage and idolization, the edgy series showcases different looks of Dre, because the character molds into various identities throughout her development.

Here, WWD dives into Dre’s transformations and subtle nods to Beyoncé. Read on for more.

Dre’s “Renaissance”

Dominique Fishback as Dre in episode one in every of Prime Video’s “Swarm.”

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In the primary episode, viewers get an introduction to Dre before she becomes a serial killer. Working at a mall clothing kiosk alongside her sister, Marissa, Dre spends hundreds of dollars on Ni’Jah tickets. In one other nod to Beyoncé, the singer made a surprise announcement of her album, just like when Beyoncé did a surprise drop of her self-titled fifth studio album in 2013. Dre goes out clubbing to rejoice the album release, wearing a sequin cowl-neck dress, a sparkling reminder to Beyoncé fans of when the star wore a silver sequin halter top for her “Club Renaissance” party with Tiffany & Co. in 2022.

“Dreamgirls” Reference

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As Marissa does Dre’s makeup in one other scene from the series, the moment draws some similarities to the 2006 film “Dreamgirls,” by which Beyoncé starred alongside Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose. Within the scene, the vanity has Hollywood-inspired lights channeling the film and there even is a desk accessory that reads “dream.”

Versatile Hairstyles

Dominique Fishback as Dre in episode one in every of Prime Video’s “Swarm.”

Courtesy of Prime Video

When Dre’s sister suddenly dies, she attends Marissa’s funeral in a structured midi dress with bra-insert cups, seemingly attempting to console herself through fashion. Wearing her hair in a top knot with bangs, the style is comparable to the highest knot Beyoncé wore in 2012.

3-Stripes

Dominique Fishback as Dre in episode two of Prime Video’s “Swarm.”

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Adidas even makes an appearance within the series, though Beyoncé’s relationship with the brand is now severed after it was announced on March 23 that her Ivy Park line partnership got here to a mutual end as a result of creative differences. Recently it was reported that Adidas was losing money on the road. Within the scene, Dre is laying on the couch wearing an Adidas T-shirt.

Festival-Ready

Dominique Fishback as Dre in episode 4 of Prime Video’s “Swarm.”

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Within the fourth episode, Dre goes to a festival to see Ni’Jah, just like Beyoncé’s Coachella headline act in 2018, where she became the primary Black woman to front the festival since its existence. Dre wore a denim bucket hat with a distressed fringe brim, green tassel earrings and a spaghetti-strap halter top with floral embroidery.

World Tour

Dominique Fishback as Dre in episode five of Prime Video’s “Swarm.”

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One other scene from the series shows a poster for Ni’Jah and Caché’s (her husband) “The Running Scared II Tour,” which is similarly branded like Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II Tour in 2018. The promotional photos are even just like Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s tour imagery, with a black-and-white image of the couple.

H-Town Rep

Dominique Fishback as Dre in episode five of Prime Video’s “Swarm.”

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Within the fifth episode, Dre visits Marissa’s childhood home in Texas, wearing a comfy crewneck sweater emblazoned with “H-Town,” one other nod to Beyoncé, because the star is originally from Houston.

Nirine S. Brown as Ni’Jah in episode seven of Prime Video’s “Swarm.”

Chris Reel/Prime Video

In the ultimate episode of the series, viewers get a greater glimpse of Ni’Jah, the pop star Dre idolizes. Ni’Jah’s outfit, a black and gold bodysuit with an identical beret, is comparable to the outfit Beyoncé wore on her “Formation” tour in 2016. Beyoncé wore a gold long-sleeve crop top and matching shorts by Givenchy. Even Ni’Jah’s honey-blond curly hair is seemingly a reference to Beyoncé’s signature hairstyle, which is long curly blond-brown tresses.

The series incorporates much more uncanny parallels to Beyoncé. In episode three, Dre actually gets close enough to Ni’Jah and in a moment of ravenous obsession, bites her. The news surrounding the incident went viral on social media, as fans noted it had direct similarities to 2018, when Sanaa Lathan was rumored to have bit Beyoncé. Lathan denied the allegations, tweeting “Y’all are funny. By no means did I bite Beyoncé and if I did it could’ve been a love bite.”

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