by Beth Shapouri
Robert MitraIn honor of her newest fragrance, Rise, Beyoncé allowed a group of writers backstage at the Mrs. Carter concert in Brooklyn last week to get the details on how all that magic happens on stage. I was one of those writers. Here are the most interesting, useful, hilarious, and revealing things I learned.
First, of her new scent (a mix of orchid, bergamot, golden apricot, freesia, cashmere musk and vetiver) Beyoncé has said, "The spirit of Rise encourages women to be all that we are," which sounds potentially like just something someone might say in passing and not really mean. But I'm telling you, judging by the feeling backstage, this woman means it. You could tell the entire crew spoke about her, they genuinely love and respect her. And as for encouraging people to reach their potential, turns out she can be a pretty tough boss when it comes to giving "notes" (meaning things she liked and didn't like during a night's performance).
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