Sasha Fierce, Bee, Bey, Queen B, and Queen Bey. What do all these names have in common? They all refer to the same person: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter – known all over the globe for her girl power and muscular legged empire. Not just a pretty face, Queen B out earned her husband last year along with caring for her adorable daughter Blue Ivy Carter (age 2). She made waves at the VMA’s this year with her FEMINIST performance which, unfortunately, earned her a lot of back lash. From her song, “Run the World” to being a stiletto-wearing, two-year-old toting mother; we’re obsessed!

Name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter

Twitter: Beyonce
Instagram: Beyonce

Hometown: Houston, TX
Birthday: September 4, 1981
Horoscope: Virgo

Occupation: Queen (Singer)

 

Feminist Lyrics

Queen B started out in the girl group Destiny’s Child, but her real work has been done since going solo. Since then, she’s not only declared herself a feminist, but she’s become one of the most well known feminists in the celeb game. Beyonce has always known that she is way too good to put up with the patriarchal bullshit, and her feminist ideas are actually in almost every song. Here are just a few…

In her song Run the World, Beyonce tells us who she thinks runs the world (hint, it’s not guys), and why they’re so good at it. The song is absolute gold, but as with any there are some special verses that caught my feminist eye, like the verse “I’m reppin’ for the girls who taking over the world, Help me raise a glass for the college grads” which recognizes that women are passing men in the amount of college degrees we’re getting, and at the same time celebrates those very women who work their asses off. I appreciate B’s encouragement. My favorite lyric is by far this gem, “How we’re smart enough to make these millions, Strong enough to bear the children, Then get back to business”. Wow, she just so simply expressed how strong women are as a group in three sentences. Not only do women work, but they do the majority of domestic work afterwards, push children out of their body, raise them, and manage to keep working be it domestically or professionally. That’s damn impressive and Queen Bey just used her platform to remind women of that, because god knows we get enough messages telling us otherwise.

A less known gem, Why Don’t You Love Me, is not only one of my faves, but it’s also a lot less pathetic than the title makes it sounds. Instead of Beyonce whining to someone about why they don’t love her, this song is more an anthem of self love with the real meaning being that he doesn’t realize how great she really is, but she sure as hell does – and he better step up or she’s out. Some fantastic lyrics? “I’d hate to see you come home, me, the kids, and the dog is gone”, “I even put money in the bank account, don’t have to ask no one to help me out”, and “Keep my head in them books, I’m sharp, but you don’t care to know I’m smart”. See what I mean? Instead of doing what other females have done in songs since forever, sadly wondering what they did wrong, what they could change, Beyonce seems to think that he just needs a reminder of what luck he has to be with her. Girl. Power.

Actually, all of B’s songs have feminist ideals strewn in, I just didn’t want to overwhelm you by analyzing her whole discography. So next time you’re dancing to some Beyonce on the radio, or while you’re getting ready for whatever non-queenly task you have to do, take an extra minute to appreciate what a bad ass B really is, then shake it one extra time in appreciation.

 

Realistic Role Model

She didn’t wait for marriage in the classic passive way; she made sure she built a stable relationship based on friendship with her now husband Jay-Z before she jumped into it. B said that they were close friends for two years before they decided to tie the knot. Is this feminist? No, but it’s a really good example of realistic relationships and how much work they actually take to build. If I had photoshop skills, I would paste beyonce’s face onto Elsa’s below.

In familial labels, a wife isn’t all Beyonce is. She’s a mother too. Other than give Blue Ivy the gift of her gene’s we’d all like to possess, Blue’s mom manages to take care of her daughter well while handing her career. Not only was she realistic and patient with her marriage, but she also dedicated herself to her daughter while she was small so that they  could spend time together. While some might see this as “housewifey”, I’d like to remind you that she chose to do that and then once she went back to work, she out-earned her husband. Beyonce does it all: she’s a wife, a mother, and a career superstar… all at the same time!

How does she do it? In an interview in the past year, Bey gave us her secret, and it’s not Redbull or anything intravenous or inhaleble. It’s just about separating herself, as woman, from herself as other roles. In her words, “After giving birth there’s a moment of rediscovery when you are making sure you still have goals and take care of yourself as a woman. That was something I struggled with – making sure I was still this strong woman and also making time for my child and balancing the two.” Blown away? Me too.

The VMA’s

It’s no secret that there’s been a lot of talk re-surfacing about feminism with the rise of the #yesallwomen movement and other feminist causes like “HollaBack” getting the publicity they deserve. Probably because she’s queen and see’s all: Beyonce knew that the world needed her voice on the subject. Sweet D did a great review of B’s performance at the VMA’s, which was flawless, but not soley because of her performing talent. What really moved us about her performance was her presentation of  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s words and how it made us so happy to finally have them put into the minds of the world who weren’t previously listening.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian born author, who has several best sellers, and is a proud feminist. The excerpt Beyonce incorporated into her song is below and it is, again, B telling women that they can be so much more than society has had them previously believing.

We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Excerpt from the speech We Should All Be Feminists

I don’t know about you, but I find that quite powerful. Not only did she put the words into the world, but the way she stood there, fabulously clad, strong and unapologetic was and always will be one of this year’s most important feminist moments. Watch the video below. The feminist part is at 10:20.

Fierce, Fabulous, Independent

If you didn’t know, Beyonce got to where she is now by herself. She believes that “Power’s not given to you, you have to take it”. Amen, babe! Beyonce started out in an all girls group, Destiny’s child, where she had other singers. The band broke up and while some of the other women have made their own solo careers, Beyonce is without a doubt the most successful and iconic. I don’t pretend to have all the secrets to life, but I know for sure that determination is one of them, and Beyonce would agree. So how did she get to where she is? She doesn’t sit still. In her own words, “As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am”, and god, what a place that is.

I want to leave you not feeling intimidated, but inspired; so I’ll leave you with this last quote that I hope sticks in your brain, “‘I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.” I know it’s cheesy, but get out there and get betting, I bet you’ll surprise yourself when you realize that by realizing that, you’ve already won the race.