Susan Monaghan of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts gained international fame when she appeared in an Instagram post by the one and only Beyonce looking how anyone who was seeing the one and only Beyonce would look. Queen B posted a series of pictures of herself and hubby JAY-Z looking incredible ahead of the Grammy Awards Sunday night. Among the staged shots was the candid one featuring Susan (the fourth picture in the post below).
Bey’s Instagram is a work of art (come on, you remember the twin photos??) so it was a little puzzling that she chose to include a picture with a random woman looking dumbstruck in the background. Did she just want to remind us how the peasants look at her when she walks by? Well, the mystery is solved because several news outlets tracked Susan down to find out what happened exactly.
Susan revealed that she was in New York for her granddaughter’s gymnastics competition and was staying at the Sheridan Hotel in Times Square with her family. The whole group had been out celebrating her daughter’s 39th birthday and on their way back, they decided to stay in the lobby to do some star-gazing since celebrities were arriving for a pre-Grammy party. Susan was tired so she went upstairs to take a little nap.
“I walked out of the elevator, I walked a little up the aisle and all of a sudden I saw, coming down the hallway from the right-hand corner, a group of people and there were cameramen and men in tuxedos and women in beautiful gowns,” she told CTV, “I’m nearsighted so I couldn’t really see their faces.”
One of the men in the group stopped and asked Susan if he had met her before and since she had been in New York in the summer, Susan thought maybe she had met him at a dinner party then.
“I’m trying to place him and then he says to me, ‘You look familiar,'” she recounted, “Now, this is JAY-Z saying this but I didn’t know that at the time. I’m thinking, ‘who could this possibly be?’ He looked tall and thin with black curly hair and I had never seen JAY-Z with black curly hair.
“So I looked to the right a little bit while I was thinking and I was like, ‘Oh no, this is Beyonce,'” she said, “So it dawned on me, that’s Beyonce.” Cue the now-iconic photo.
After she clued in to who the legendary duo in front of her was, Susan told The Boston Globe that she said to Bey, “No one is going to believe me” to which Bey replied, “Don’t worry, it’s going to be okay.” And like the Queen she is, Beyonce posted that photo so people would believe Susan’s crazy story.
“I think she posted it for me,” Susan said, “So people would believe me.” And she needed it. According to Susan, her own family didn’t believe her until they saw the photo circulating online. In the days since the Grammys, Susan’s expression has made its rounds on the internet as a meme and was even picked up by Jimmy Fallon and featured on his show. She says it’s probably the worst photo of her in existence, but she’s glad it can corroborate her story.
beyoncé just gifted us our next meme pic.twitter.com/QoXvItHJKU
— steph. (@madamebruja) January 29, 2018
— DHILLAN B (@dhillanratchet) January 28, 2018
LMAOO this has me weak cause she could’ve easily cropped that woman out but she said “NO. I AM BEYONCÉ. WATCH HOW THE PEASANTS LOOK AT ME” pic.twitter.com/W2Mb7MooSs
— pb (@paigebrittany) January 28, 2018
when you realize you’re lucky to be alive during the same era as Beyonce pic.twitter.com/eEuYKkOHkL
— Ziwe (@ziwe) January 28, 2018
literally me if i were ever this close to beyonce pic.twitter.com/IAMO1Gd2lJ
— 💛 (@chrisstiandior) January 29, 2018
Don’t worry, Susan. Anyone else in your position would have made the same face.