Beyonce: “Imperfections Make Us Interesting. I Refuse To Be Put In A Box”

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In case you missed it, and weren’t amongst the 1 million PLUS people who downloaded Beyonce’s new stealth album ‘Beyonce’, this diva has just unleashed a whole new level of feminism fierceness upon the world, and we aren’t just talking about the music.

Usually, music in the united states, especially coming from stars as big as Beyonce, is released on a Tuesday and there is a tonne of monkey spent in marketing leading up to the release. Press interviews, online campaigns, leaked lyric videos etc are what we are used to. Think Lady Gaga. But Beyonce decided to buck tradition, and do something just for the fans. No accolades, no promos, no fanfare, just the music.

She released her fifth studio album ‘Beyonce’ quietly at midnight Thursday, December 12th on iTunes and the world went NUTS when it woke up on Friday morning. The album is a visual album, and is only being sold in its entirety, instead of as individual songs. When you purchase the album you also get 18 videos which accompany the songs.

Within only 3 days the album has already broken records, and of course, it debuted at number 1 on the charts (as have all her other albums). She clocked 617,000 digital downloads in the first week, beating the previous record holder Taylor Swift for her album ‘Red’ which sold 465,000 in its first week.

Here’s the kicker, the music industry tracks weekly sales on a Monday through Sunday basis, which is what Taylor Swift’s numbers were based on. Beyonce’s numbers were calculated from Friday to Sunday, can you imagine the phenomenal numbers if it was released earlier in the week!?

So that’s the business side of why this album is already badass. Now let’s get down to the music. Do yourself a favor, spend the $15.99 on the album because then you can see and hear for yourself. Two of the songs on her album are called ‘Pretty Hurts’ and ‘Flawless’ which artistically examine the ways in which women think, and perceive themselves in light of the media. The lyrics challenge how women self-loathe and compare ourselves to unrealistic standards set by certain industries.

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Beyonce is not afraid to speak her mind or call herself a feminist, because she stands for women and wants to be a leader for a generation who will hopefully step out of the old mentalities we have been plagued with for so long.

On Saturday she stopped by New York’s School of Visual Arts to answer questions about her new album, motherhood, and what it means to Beyonce to be a true woman.

“More than the music, I’m proud of myself as a woman,” she added. “It’s about loving your imperfections and the things that make you interesting, because I refuse to let anyone put me in a box.”

There is an amazing quote queen Bey gave in her HBO documentary ‘Life Is But A Dream’, when she talks about balancing motherhood and a career, and the pressures women get from society. It is the very reason that has caused her to speak out and empower her sisterhood. She also cites this mentality as the reason behind her female anthem ‘Girls’.

“Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men, or money, for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values, and to define what’s sexy, and what’s feminine, and that’s bullshit! At the end of the day its not about equal rights, its about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead, and reach as high as humanly possible. That’s what I’m gonna do, that’s my philosophy. And that’s what ‘Girls’ is all about”

Here are the previews for both ‘Pretty Hurts’ and ‘Flawless’ which features which samples a TED talk by Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

And if those previews weren’t enough to satiate your Beyonce fantasies, let’s watch her killer performance of ‘Girls’ from the 2011 Billboard awards, and remind ourselves, once again, why we would never argue with this fierce feminist over who runs the world. Girls. Duh!

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