This is a question many folks have probably wanted to ask Tina and Matthew Knowles ever since the Destiny’s Child days. We won’t get into what a Solange is, either (duh–a Solange is a deadly, unpredictable MMA elevator kick boxer). But let’s say the name has an actual definition. What exactly would that be?
Let’s start with the obvious. Beyoncé’s a superstar singing diva who also happens to be an actress, fashion designer and an exceptionally successful businesswoman. She’s an amazing vocalist, who can not only double-time her way through songs like “Say My Name” and “No, No, No,” but can completely own a live performance of “America the Beautiful” and “Ave Maria.” She’s a friend of the Obamas, a Super Bowl halftime performer, an unstoppable trendsetter, and a very attractive woman who isn’t too scared to wear undies on the cover of Time magazine. And oh yeah- She’s also worth an estimated $350 million dollars (and climbing).
That’s right. Beyoncé has sold over 118 million albums worldwide, thus earning her the first ever female to be awarded the International Artist Award courtesy of the American Music Awards. Her last music album sold over a million digital downloads without a single announcement or promotion. For most artists, creating a record that reaches best-selling single of all time status is a dream that if you’re lucky, comes once a lifetime. For Beyoncé however, it happens every 8 years or so- in her 32 years of life, she has created 4 singles reaching the best-selling singles list in addition to accumulating 17 Grammy Awards along the way.
Beyoncé has also earned a healthy grip of cash and success through endorsement deals and her passion for perfume. She’s endorsed fragrance lines from fashion designer giants, Tommy Hilfiger and Emporio Armani- and in 2010, Beyoncé decided to launch her very own fragrance line, called Heat. Six editions later, Heat has become the best-selling celebrity fragrance line accumulating over $400 million in sales. But she wasn’t done there. In 2012, Beyoncé signed a $50 million deal to endorse beverage giant, Pepsi.
While impressive, none of this says much about who the “real” Beyoncé is – the real woman beneath the public image. At 32 years old, she is also a wife, mother, daughter and yes, Solange, a sister. While much of her private life is restricted to her family and inner circle, she shared personal issues in her autobiographical documentary “Beyoncé: Life is But a Dream,” including details of a previous miscarriage with husband Jay-Z, feelings of insecurity (wow), and frustrations that have led to her advocacy for many issues affecting the world. She considers herself a feminist, recently participating in a national campaign called “Ban Bossy,” which was developed by the Girl Scouts of America and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit organization Lean In, which is focused on encouraging young girls to embrace leadership roles.
While she’s given us lots of quotes (Buzzfeed has compiled this handy little list ), here’s one she gave to British Vogue that gives us some straight-up perspective on one of the most famous women in the world from her own (amazing) lips:
“Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman.”
Beyoncé: she’s “just a woman.” Just an unbelievably hot, sexy, beautiful, seductive, big-hearted, devoted, loving, talented, unique woman. Bow down, b#tches.