Beyonce channels Toni Braxton for Halloween

Beyonce has paid tribute to Toni Braxton by dressing up as the R&B veteran for Halloween. The Halo icon shared a series of images of herself mimicking Toni’s cover art from her self-titled 1993 album and lead single Another Sad Love Song, in which the…

Beyonce has paid tribute to Toni Braxton by dressing up as the R&B veteran for Halloween.

The Halo icon shared a series of images of herself mimicking Toni’s cover art from her self-titled 1993 album and lead single Another Sad Love Song, in which the Un-break My Heart hitmaker posed in a white tank top, jeans with a gold chain belt, and a black leather jacket.

Beyonce’s take on the outfit was spot on, and she even donned a dark wig styled in a pixie cut, complete with similar gold jewellery, and red lipstick – just like Toni.

Dubbing herself “Phoni Braxton”, the superstar posted side-by-side snaps so fans could see for themselves how perfect her costume was.

“Sending love and adoration to one of our talented legends,” Beyonce wrote in a rare caption.

“Thank you for the countless bops. Your tone, your beauty, your range, and your God-given talent is treasured. Loving you always.”

She then added a holiday wish for her fans, concluding, “Have a Happy Halloween my Kings and Queens.”

The costume salute came as a complete surprise to Toni, who took to Twitter to express her delight at the honour.

“Phoni Braxton!? NEVER!!!” the excited star wrote. “How do you look better than me on MY album cover? I LOVE IT, Such a superstar! Thanks for the love sis! Happy Halloween”.

Reciting lyrics from Beyonce’s Run the World (Girls) hit, Toni tweeted, “Who run the world…GIRLS! GIRLS! @Beyonce”.

Beyonce has become known for channelling her music icons for Halloween.

Last year (17), she pulled off five of her favourite Lil’ Kim looks, while she has also dressed up as Janet Jackson, and recruited her daughter Blue Ivy and mother Tina Knowles-Lawson for a family Salt-N-Pepa outfit in the past.

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Toni Braxton shops up a storm in discount stores

Toni Braxton enjoys hunting through fashion boutiques for bargain buys.The singer-songwriter first rose to fame when she released her self-titled debut studio album in 1993 and unveiled her eighth record, titled Sex & Cigarettes, on Friday (23Mar18). …

Toni Braxton enjoys hunting through fashion boutiques for bargain buys.

The singer-songwriter first rose to fame when she released her self-titled debut studio album in 1993 and unveiled her eighth record, titled Sex & Cigarettes, on Friday (23Mar18).

While Toni has been stepping out in some glamorous garments as she attends events to promote her new music, she actually loves to scour out pieces in department stores.

“I have a TJ Maxx card,” she told Us Weekly, referring to the American chain store which offers up discounts on designer clothing and accessories. “I love browsing their runway collection and the designer handbags.”

At present, Toni is favouring a black leather tote with gold clasp that has enough room to carry all of her everyday necessities.

And she is never without her black Cartier purse, iPad, iPhone, Beats by Dre headphones, a lint roller, a pair of Ralph Lauren glasses, as well as a generous supply of wet wipes.

“When I travel, I have Wet Ones and Purell (hand sanitiser) because I’m a bit of a germaphobe. Everyone who knows me knows that I always have those on me,” the 50-year-old shared.

When it comes to her beauty kit, Toni also ensures she has several top products at her fingertips. The Breathe Again hitmaker is a big fan of MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Foundation and Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, a classic red colour, as well as Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, but counts plasters as her number one essential purse essential.

“When a nail comes off, I cover it with a Band-Aid so people don’t notice. They just think I have a little cut. Sometimes I’ll have, like, three or four on, and people ask, ‘What happened!'” she smiled.

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Toni Braxton piled on the pounds for Faith Under Fire role

Singer-turned-actress Toni Braxton packed on 17 pounds (7.7 kilograms) to accurately portray the unlikely hero who managed to persuade a Georgia school gunman to surrender back in 2013. The star portrays school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff in Faith Unde…

Singer-turned-actress Toni Braxton packed on 17 pounds (7.7 kilograms) to accurately portray the unlikely hero who managed to persuade a Georgia school gunman to surrender back in 2013.

The star portrays school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff in Faith Under Fire, a new TV movie which chronicles her actions as she managed to talk down 20-year-old Alex Tresniowski, who had stormed into her suburban Atlanta elementary school with an AK-47 assault rifle and 500 rounds of ammunition, ready for a massacre.

More than 800 students and 100 employees were at the school that day, but no one was injured, and Tuff was later praised for her bravery by then-U.S. President Barack Obama.

Toni jumped at the opportunity to bring the story to the small screen, because she clearly recalled being glued to the news during the siege.

“I was actually watching it (on the news) as it was unfolding,” she remembered on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “I was in Canada and I’m on the treadmill and was like, ‘What’s going on in Atlanta?’ So when I got the script I was like, ‘I remember this story…’ It’s just great to have someone give their lives for someone else, because I’m a mother, and you think when you send your kids off to school, they’re safe, and you think you’ll see them when you pick them up at three o’clock… But this woman was fantastic.”

Toni threw herself into research mode as she prepared for the project, and made significant changes to her image to play the role of Tuff.

“It was a heavy role. I gained 17 pounds for it…,” she shared. “I spray-tanned to make my skin a little darker, the aesthetics I did to prepare for the role. I watched everything Antoinette. I watched her imaging, I watched her interviews…, her 911 call. Everything was completely calm… She was like a (hostage) negotiator.”

The transformation was so drastic her family members were “shocked” by the finished product, and Toni is proud her hard work and dedication to the part paid off.

“Acting is not organic for me, like singing is, so I had to study hard for that role,” she said.

In addition to leading the cast, Toni also served as executive producer on Faith Under Fire, which premieres on America’s Lifetime network on Saturday (27Jan18).

The film is based on Tuff’s own 2014 book, Prepared for a Purpose: The Inspiring True Story of How One Woman Saved an Atlanta School Under Siege.

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