There are probably only very few people in this world who have not at least heard of Beyonce Knowles. Her star has shone so brightly for a while now and only seems to get brighter with each year.
From the days when she was a stand out member of Destiny Child as they crooned their way into our hearts to right now when she has undoubtedly come into her own with a personal and public life that has led many people to crown her as queen.
Beyonce is the queen of the bey hive (her fan base) who has been known to go to any length in defending her and blocking her from any criticism. She has had some other strong and popular women and men stan for her.
Barack Obama, the former President of the United States, once tweeted that Beyonce is “a role model for us all.” His wife, Michelle Obama, the former first lady who has in recent times embodied the picture of a strong black woman has touted her close relationship with Beyonce over the years and they have both spoken admiringly of their friendship and one another on several occasions.
On the 4th of September 2017, Beyonce marked her 36th year on earth and Michelle Obama and several other high profile figures stepped up to mark the special day.
They dressed as Beyonce, mimicking her look in her 2016 music video “Formation,” sporting a hat covering their eyes, an ornate necklace, and braids in the black and white photographs that were posted in a photo spread on Beyonce’s website.
Among the other high-profile figures who made up the spread were; tennis star Serena Williams, her eldest daughter Blue Ivy Carter, actress Bianca Lawson, singer Kelly Rowland, and mother Ms. Tina Knowles Lawson.
A lot of tributes went out to Beyonce on her birthday including from her husband Jay Z who used part of his set during Sunday’s Made in America music festival, to lead the crowd in singing a birthday song to his wife.
Still, in the high spirits of celebrating Queen B’s birthday, we bring you amazing facts about the former Destiny child star.
Beyonce was born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, to Tina Knowles (née Beyincé), and Mathew Knowles. Her father is African American, while her mom is of Louisiana Creole descent.
She attended St. Mary’s Montessori School in Houston, while in school, she was enrolled in dance classes. Her singing talent was discovered by her instructor Darlette Johnson.
Career, Net Worth
Her interest in music continued after she beat 15/16-year-olds to win a school talent show at the age of seven. In 1990, Beyoncé enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston, where she would perform with the school’s choir.
She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School. She was also a member of the choir at St. John’s United Methodist Church as a soloist for two years.
Beyonce journey to stardom began in the 1990s when she became the lead singer of the RNB group Destiny’s Child. The group grew to sell over 60 million records worldwide to become one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.
In 2003, she decided to go solo by releasing her debut solo “Dangerously in love”. The album sold 317,000 copies in the first week, earned 5 Grammy awards and featured two singles that topped the Billboard 100.
Since then, her music has remained a tool that brings people together while being mindful of the culture and emotions that are ruling at the time. Whether singing love songs or rallying single ladies or calling us to get into formation, she gets it right every time.
According to Forbes ‘America’s Richest Self-Made women’ list, Beyonce is worth over $350 million. She was ranked second on CBS’s highest paid celebrities of 2017 list after bringing in $105 million (£75 million).
Lady B was one of only two celebrities featured who raked in more than $100 million (£71 million) in a single year.
Wondering how she makes her money? Well, a majority of her income comes from her music career. In 2007, she went out on the road for Her very first worldwide tour – The Beyonce Experience, the concert series reportedly brought in more than $24 million.
The amount increased tremendously the following year, bringing in $119.5 million. This pattern continued and according to Forbes, the Formation World Tour bringing in a quarter of a billion dollars for Beyonce.
She also makes money from her stake in Tidal; a music streaming service which she co-founded with her husband Jay Z, alongside other celebrities like Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. The value of that investment increased significantly in 2017 when Sprint invested a whopping $200 million.
Beyonce is also an investor in a company called WTRMLN WTR, though it’s not clear how much the company is worth or how high her stake in the company is.
In October 2014, Beyonce signed a deal with Topshop to create an active-wear line on a 50-50 partnership.
In 2005 she and her mother launched a women’s fashion line House of Deréon, inspired by Beyonce’s grandmother, Agnez Dereon. Her fragrance line Heat has also contributed to her net worth.
She has had deals with Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Emporio Armani, L’Oréal, Nintendo DS among others.
Husband, Daughter, Twins, Sister
queen Bey the knots with her better half Jay-Z on April 4, 2008. The couple began dating in 2001, though they kept their relationship secret for the first few years before it got out in the media.Their wedding was also top-secret, super-intimate affair.
Their first daughter Blue Ivy Carter came almost four years later on on January 7, 2012. Their little beauty named Blue Ivy Carter.
The media was set ablaze in February 2017 when Beyonce took to her Instagram page to announce that she and Jay Z were expecting twins. The announcement became the most-liked Instagram photo of all time.
Four months later, the twin babies(a boy and girl) arrived. According to the twins’ birth certificates, which were obtained by TMZ, Beyonce gave birth to Rumi and Sir at 5.13am local time on June 13, 2017.
Her daughter Rumi was born first and little Sir followed on later at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Bey’s younger sister Solange is also into music. Solange was also a former back up dancer for Destiny’s Child. They are the first sisters to have both had No. 1 albums.
Is She Divorced, Dead?
No Beyonce isn’t dead, she very much alive and doing great. There rumors of an impending divorce at a time when the story of Jay-Z cheating on her was everywhere in the media.
Jay-Z admitted he cheated on Beyoncé but said he and Beyonce chose to look inward and work on their marriage, so the couple is still together.
Beyonce’s Body, Height
Beyonce is not just a music icon but also a beauty and fashion icon. She was named Most Beautiful Woman In The World by People Magazine in 2012, she, however, completely does that beauty up by slaying every single time.
She is average height measuring 5 feet 6 inches (168 centimeters) and weighs 137 pounds (62kilograms). Her burst size is 35 inches (89 cm), with a bra size of 32C. Her waist measures 26 inches (66 cms), while her hips including her behind measure 39 inches (99cms).
Her Instagram can basically be called up anytime someone wants to define beauty with visuals.
Willful Embrace Of BLM
At a time when it was still pretty controversial to be closely associated with Black Lives Matter, especially, as a public personality, Beyonce completely embraced the movement. She got political many times after that, supporting the group and black people everywhere with her words and actions.
New York City-based non-profit DoSomething.org listed Beyonce and 19 other stars on its annual Celebs Gone Good list, which highlights celebrities who “use their fame and influence to create positive change.” Beyonce was named 2016’s most charitable celebrity for her work in support of the social justice movement Black Lives Matter and for gender equality.
Beyonce also jumped right into the discussion about Feminism when she featured the famous We Should All Be Feminists talk by writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on her song Formation.