Beyoncé does not need me to go to bat for her. Let me start my post by saying I am 100% aware of that. But, despite the fact that we’re in year 17 of Beyoncé fame, the haters are still there. Haters will be haters but I’m here to tell you why I will go to bat for Beyoncé every time.
- The talent is undeniable. Her music doesn’t have to be your cup of tea, but you can’t watch this and tell me the talent isn’t there.
- Her growth and evolution has been natural and not forced. I’ve been around long enough to see pop stars reinvent themselves in a desperate attempt for attention and relevance. (I’m looking at you, Madonna, with your fake British accent.) The last five years in particular, Beyoncé has changed a lot (and lost and gained a lot of fans in the process) but it always feels true to who she is. Nothing is overnight for her. Perfect example: for everyone who thinks Formation was her first foray into the political arena, you just weren’t paying attention.
- She’s been preaching body positivity for a long time. Hellooooo bootylicious. Yes, sometimes she edits a thigh gap into her IG photos (and that’s not cool) but I’ve seen those thighs and that booty live and in person. She’s not ashamed of her curves, otherwise she’d size up those leotards or stop doing so many squats.
- Even as a mother, she’s not afraid of her sexuality. Her 2014 self titled album was almost exclusively about female sexuality, and it was good, y’all. She recognizes that having a child doesn’t have to change you as a person, and even though she’s a mom, she’s still a woman.
- She is business savvy. (Click here to read my post that’s all about marketing techniques I’ve learned from Beyoncé.) Ivy Park is a PERFECT example of Beyoncé’s genius. These clothes are comfortable, practical, relatively affordable (athletic wear in general is VERY pricey) and well made. This is not a typical collaboration, it is a 50/50 partnership that was announced a year and a half before it was finally released. She did it and she did it right. It’s also a long term brand and not a short lived collaboration, so unless things go awry, Ivy Park is here to stay.
- Her brand of feminism is marketable and simple enough for people to understand. Some might take issue with this particular stance, but honestly I think it’s so important. When Beyoncé proclaimed she was a feminist in 2014, she did so in a way that was easy to understand. She included exerpts from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s speech in ***Flawless to make sure EVERYONE knew what exactly she meant by feminism. Her definition was clear. It was marketable. It’s something people can jam out to AND get something out of. It’s for the masses, and we need the masses to know what feminism really means. If feminist artists keep making things that are only accessible to other feminists…the people who don’t get it never will.
- ALL. WOMAN. BAND. I hope this is still the case, but unfortunately I can’t find anything to verify this in 2016. But when I saw Beyoncé for the first time in December 2013, her band was ALL women. Do you know how powerful that is? The ONLY men on that stage were two dancers that she brought out occasionally. Other than that, it was all women. That also means those women were being supported financially by Beyoncé, which is a big deal.
- She lets us into her private life on her own terms. I touched on this in my post about Beyoncé’s marketing, but I think it’s so great that she keeps her private life on lock down. She rarely gives interviews or even addresses rumors (hello Becky) and typically spins them to make the best out of a bad situation. Remember that elevator situation with Solange? She threw it into the ***Flawless remix. And we all know what’s happening with Lemonade.
- Her music makes me feel strong, independent and fearless. To me, this is the most important thing because I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. When I listen to Beyoncé’s music, I know I’m capable. I’m strong, I’m smart and I know who I am. Before my last job interview, I just listened to “Run the World” over and over again to get myself psyched up. Yes, the music is catchy, and yes she can sing, but more importantly, she’s an inspiration and she’s the feminist icon we need.
Okay, okay, I’ll stop gushing (sort of). A few quick notes about Ivy Park – yes, it’s a bit pricey, at least for me, but honestly I LOVE my two pieces and I intend on buying more in the future. This tank was actually my “backup” purchase – I was planning on returning it if my number one choice fit me….then I put it on. I seriously love this thing, it’s SO comfortable and lightweight. I don’t work out in it though – it’s too good for that.
Alright so what do you think? Are you a Beyoncé fan? Why or why not? I promise not to fight you if you say you’re not….but I need to know why so I can convince you otherwise 🙂