“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” ~ Beyoncé Knowles, Singer/Songwriter

Summary: Beyoncé made a name for herself by being one of the strongest women in music, preaching independence and female power in both her lyrics and her personal life. In addition to inspiring girls with her songs of self-empowerment and her unwavering identification as black woman, Beyoncé took the opportunity in 2017 to celebrate the beauty of motherhood in her GRAMMYs performance on national television. By embracing all aspects of womanhood, Beyoncé celebrates her identity as a woman instead of seeing it as a challenge, and encourages women throughout the world to adopt this same mentality.

Nationality: African-American

Industry: Music

Q: What do you have to say to those who feel you can’t be a feminist and also embrace your femininity? on elle.com

A: I’d say I discovered my power after the first Destiny’s Child album. The label didn’t really believe we were pop stars. They underestimated us, and because of that, they allowed us to write our own songs and write our own video treatments. It ended up being the best thing, because that’s when I became an artist and took control. It wasn’t a conscious thing. It was because we had a vision for ourselves and nobody really cared to ask us what our vision was. So we created it on our own, and once it was successful, I realized that we had the power to create whatever vision we wanted for ourselves. We didn’t have to go through other writers or have the label create our launch plans—we had the power to create those things ourselves.

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