Beyonce – what’s behind the glamour
Celebrities. I hate them. Theirs is a life that is too lavish, too glamorous and too perfect for someone as simple as I am. But then there are always exceptions right? Mine, in this case, is Beyoncé Knowles. I like her, not merely because she looks so breathtaking when she rocks her Givenchy dress. Neither because she has got those crazy dance moves. Beyoncé is my paragon for the following six reasons.
- Beyoncé writes beautiful lyrics.
The biggest problem I face when I try to shut off my reality with music is finding the perfect beat with the perfect message. And trust me; it sure is a hard work. The few occasions I succeeded in doing so, Bey helped. I won’t be talking about how euphonic her beats are but how powerful the lyric is. If you are head over heels over the handsome guy next door then listen to ‘die with you’ or ‘crazy in love’. If you want to shoo the player then play ‘sorry’. If you feel like running away from the ghosts, who have been haunting you, then listen to ‘listen’. You feel like making a difference then ‘I was here’ is for you.
- Beyoncé is competitive… Beyoncé doesn’t compete with others.
One needs a frame of reference in everything. At least that is what physics laws state. (And what is more than those laws?) But then great personalities tell us it would be an insult to compete oneself with others. Perplexing, huh? Well, Beyoncé got it just right. Bey says she doesn’t compete with others but with herself. She was once quoted saying
“When I’m not feeling best I ask myself ‘What are you going to do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
Imagine what a beautiful world we would create if we all compete with ourselves instead of one another.
- She is workaholic.
I don’t believe in the shuddery, cockeyed, yet the famous story of illuminates’. I am not sure if Beyoncé had to make blood promises to be famous. All I know is she works hard. And I do appreciate hard work. I am the kind of person who prefers to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. (Angus Grossart) “I’m workaholic and I don’t believe in a no. If I am not sleeping, nobody else is.”
- She is a feminist.
I know it is the 21st century. I also know Hilary Clinton might soon become the first female president of the United States. But still, there are times that I feel like all this hard work will end up fruitless just because I am a woman. And I turn to women who can soothe me. During the few times I run to Beyoncé, I was palled up with my courage once again. Let me share some here.
“Power is not given to you, you have to take it.”
“The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.”
“I am a woman and when I think, I must speak.
- Beyoncé is achingly human.
Whenever I look at Beyoncé I see a woman and not a celebrity; an artist and not a star. She has got many beautiful things to share with the world. I like her attitude towards failure and independence and people. I like how she gives back to the society, both with her music and fiscally. I like how she never became vindictive despite the difficult things she went through. I like the fact that she believes in invisible things like love. I like the fact that she is way more beautiful inside than outside.
- Perfection is a disease of a nation. (Beyoncé)
I have seen people who are perfect in every way possible; it is as if they are immunized against flaws. They look perfect; write good, draw well, they even smell good. And you can neither befriend them nor do they seem real. (And they give you the creeps.) Fortunately, Beyoncé is not one of those people. The woman who penned ‘flawless’ was mocked back at school for her big ears. She has gone through traumas and depressions, experienced pain and loss too. Just tap some buttons and you will see, not few, accusations she was charged of. You see, she is like everyone else, and that makes me feel even better about her.
Don’t believe me. But watch her live performance at the 2016 BET awards. Then we shall talk. And please keep in mind this was not written by a fan rather by ardent lover of human beings.
By Loza Admassu.