Power Checklist: Beyoncé
Queen Bey should teach a masterclass on how to get up and stay on top, no matter what.
When it comes to powerful women, few have had as consistent a winning streak as Beyoncé. She's been in the music biz for 28 years (yes, she started age 8!) and during that time she's amassed a fortune of $350 million, married a fellow music superstar, weathered various cheating rumours, had three children and put out hit record after hit record. But it's over the last couple of years that she's really shown her power – we investigate how she's managed to conquer the world... again!
MAKE THE CHEATER GROVEL
A couple of years ago for the first time ever, all didn't look rosy in Beyoncé's life and there was growing concern about her emotional state. She was pictured looking ‘forlorn and spaced out’ as rumours swirled that her husband of nine years had been unfaithful. Of course after the infamous elevator incident, which saw her sister Solange have a furious fight with Jay, the rumours only grew. But whilst Beyoncé never publicly addressed the rumours, she silenced everyone by releasing her masterpiece album, Lemonade. At the time people were ferociously studying the lyrics looking for clues about what was really happening behind closed doors with the couple and they soon found various lines that hinted at infidelity on Jay's part. But Beyoncé is not one to take the public humiliation of her husband's alleged cheating lying down. Not only did she expose him in her own album, she’s then rumoured to have made it clear, in order to win her back, grovelling behind the scenes is all well and good, but Jay better be prepared to show adequate contrition publicly too. And that he did. When his latest album, 4.44 was released, the title track required no digging for hidden meaning, he put it all out there for everyone to see (take a look at some of the key lyrics, right). Rarely if ever have we seen a superstar mogul of Jay’s stature bow down and admit his wrong-doings and basically beg to be forgiven by his wife in front of the world. But for Queen B, the grovelling wasn't enough. It's also understood that Beyoncé made it clear to her husband that before they could move on together, he had to make sure he and her sister hashed everything out and put it all behind them. Jay recently spoke out about the situation with Solange saying, “We had one disagreement ever. Before and after we’ve been cool. She’s like my sister. I will protect her. That’s my sister, not my sister-in-law. My sister. Period.” Lastly, it’s also been claimed that Beyoncé made Jay go to counselling and family therapy in a bid to help not just them as a couple get past all of the infidelity, but for their daughter Blue, who was at the age that she may well have understood something wasn’t right between her parents, to be able to see that their family was healing.
LOOK FIERCE AT ALL TIMES
This one goes without saying – have you ever seen a bad picture of Beyoncé? No, and that’s because she is very controlled about her image, just as she’s very controlled about every other aspect of her life. Beyoncé very rarely if ever gives interviews these days. Instead she lets her work and her image do the talking. She’s a huge lover of fashion and style, and each appearance she makes, whether at an awards show or a basketball game, becomes iconic. But the way she’s really been able to curate her image is through her social media, namely Instagram. It was there that she revealed she was pregnant with twins Sir Carter and Rumi in a lavish photoshoot and it was also there that she revealed the first picture of the babies, and their names, when they were one month old. She’s also used the social media site to show off how fierce she looks since becoming a mother of three, her confidence is sky high as she rocks it in a number of slinky outfits. See right some of her Instagram style hits... SLAY THE CAREER GAME & ALWAYS GIVE BACK Beyoncé is one of the hardest working women in entertainment, she has a reputation as being meticulous, focused and for not giving any less than 100% in everything she does. Although of course she had plenty of success in Destiny’s Child, it's when she struck out on her own as a solo artist her career went stratospheric and she is now the most Grammy nominated woman in history. She’s also sold more than 120 million solo albums and counting. Part of her success can be put down not only to how tirelessly she works on her music, her dancing and her image, but how she’s changed the game as far as releasing music goes. Historically artists would tease a new album release for months before it came out, doing press and releasing singles. Not Beyoncé, she likes to secretly record, film videos and then drop her entire album just when it’s least expected, as she’s done with her last two albums Beyoncé in 2013 and Lemonade last year. Both were ‘visual’ albums, which is important in a world where the music video is a dying art-form. Each of the albums caused such a huge worldwide frenzy that other artists scrambled to change their own album release dates, knowing they’d be foolish to try to compete on the charts with the queen. After Lemonade thousands of articles and think pieces appeared online, dissecting the imagery and lyrics with critics hailing it a “masterpiece of our times”. And in further proof of Beyoncé's influence on pop culture, no sooner does she release an album than lyrics from it become iconic. Who can forget ‘I woke up like this’ from the Beyoncé album? Or ‘Slay' and ‘Becky with the good hair’ from Lemonade? So powerful is Beyoncé that to mark her 36th birthday, fellow icon Michelle Obama posed in her famous Formation hat and necklace as part of a surprise photoshoot for the popstar's website ( see below). Clearly the former First Lady is a Beyoncé fan girl like the rest of us. But it's not just her relationships, style and career Beyoncé gives 100 per cent to, she's extremely driven to use her power and influence to give back wherever she can. Much of the charity work she does goes under the radar as she'd rather not publicise every time she makes donations. But on occasion she has used her celebrity to shine a light on causes close to her heart like when she took daughter Blue Ivy ( both pictured below) to her hometown of Houston to serve free meals to those who had been affected by the devastating Hurricane Harvey.
Jay-z has publicly apologised to his wife through song and made it clear he had buried the hatchet with her sister Solange ( pictured below).
Whether pregnant or not, B embraces her body and her curves and always dresses with confidence.