The elongated, turban-like hairstyle that Beyoncé wore in her video for “I’m Sorry” and that Yemi Alade wore on the red carpet at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards was inspired by the tradition of the Mangbetu women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The tradition is called Lipombo, which is the art of head elongation that denotes majesty and status. It was first practiced by ancient Egyptian monarchs Queen Nefertiti and King Tutankhamen, and soon evolved into a braided hairstyle, as seen by the picture of Mbombio, Chief Mogendo’s principal wife in Medje village in Congo, which the Mangbetu women wore to celebrate their beauty.

Read more on the tradition via Afritorial.

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