In an age where all you need is a big bum, a brass neck and a contouring kit to secure world fame, there’s comfort in knowing Beyoncé earned her place at the top spot through graft, talent and uh…a big booty.
For the September issue of Vogue, the Bootilicous cover star talks everything from ancestry (she comes from a slave owner who married a slave) to opening doors (incredibly this is the first ever Vogue cover shot by an African American, 23 year old photographer, Tyler Mitchell). The piece, in Beyoncé’s own words, solidifies her place as number one human being on the planet, closely followed by Oprah who’s dancing skills or lack thereof, cost her gold.
On her husband, fellow superstar Jay Z, Beyoncé recalls his presence after her emergency C-section last year for twins Sir and Rumi:
‘My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father.’
Sweet words now, but we all remember the rage and vulnerability of that mind blowing visual album Lemonade (2016) when Beyoncé explored infidelity in the profound spirit of an artist searching for truth. Women the world over, who have felt the poison of cheating, understood the power of that swinging baseball bat and Roberto Cavalli mustard ruffled gown in Hold Up smashing the place up and singing,
‘I smell your secrets, and I’m not too perfect
To ever feel this worthless’
Yes I know women cheat too, all the time, but this one was about the female perspective. It was powerful stuff, more than pop music. Interesting then, her take on ancestry in Vogue:
‘I come from a lineage of broken male-female relationships, abuse of power, and mistrust. Only when I saw that clearly was I able to resolve those conflicts in my own relationship. Connecting to the past and knowing our history makes us both bruised and beautiful.’
For Beyoncé, everything is symbolic, even her twins signified the union of male female energy growing inside her, ‘I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives’.
Is she overthinking it? Of course she is, but at least she is engaging her brain. That makes her a role model worth celebrating. Not just that, she’s not pretending to be perfect or doling out unsolicited advice. She’s just telling us how she’s dealing with the mystery of this existence.
‘I have experienced betrayals and heartbreaks in many forms. I have had disappointments in business partnerships as well as personal ones, and they all left me feeling neglected, lost, and vulnerable. Through it all I have learned to laugh and cry and grow,’ she tells Vogue.
And therein lies Beyoncé’s power, staring failure and betrayal in the eye and still she rises.