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Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran wore wildly different outfits during a performance, and people think it sends a message about gender standards

INSIDER logoINSIDER 12/5/2018 Rachel Hosie
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On December 2, Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran took to the stage together at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, which honored Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.

As beautiful as Sheeran and Beyoncé's duet of "Perfect" was, a different aspect of their performance set most tongues wagging: their outfits, and specifically, how wildly different they were.

Ed Sheeran standing on a stage © Youtube (Nigel Hove)/Getty While Beyoncé undeniably brought her A-game in an elaborate hot pink taffeta dress, Sheeran wore a T-shirt, jeans, and trainers. 

And the contrast did not go unnoticed, with many people arguing that it sends an important message about differing gender standards.

However others pointed out that no one should be shamed for what they wear and both megastars were actually just performing in their trademark styles.

Others pointed out that Beyoncé and Sheeran's styles are a relatable reflection of many heterosexual relationships.

Beyonce and Ed Sheeran perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) © 2018 Kevin Mazur Beyonce and Ed Sheeran perform during the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at FNB Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100) "Ed and Beyoncé together look like roughly 75% of heterosexual couples." R. Eric Thomas wrote for Elle.

"How many Instagram Stories must I watch where the woman is wearing a full face and dressed to the nines in high fashion and the guy is wearing a potato sack that has 'Supreme' handwritten on it? While on a date at Nobu?! I can't take it!"

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