Photo Credit: Courtesy of British Vogue
Someone as famous and relevant as Beyonce doesn't need to label herself, but she was forced to do just that in a recent interview. When speaking with British Vogue for the magazine's May cover story, Queen Bey was asked to vocalize where she stands on the feminism issue -- and she didn't seem too happy about being put on the spot.
"I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. 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," she says.
Of course, the "Independent Women" singer believes in women's rights. "I do believe in equality," she tells the magazine, "and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept."
Bey has recently come under fire for calling her upcoming tour the "Mrs. Carter Tour." Critics say that the champion of "Single Ladies" shouldn't be referring to herself by her husband's name. Beyonce had words for those people, especially since Jay-Z became Shawn Knowles-Carter -- taking her name -- in 2009.
"I feel like Mrs. Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I've ever been," she says. "It comes from knowing my purpose and really meeting myself once I saw my child. I was like, 'Okay, this is what you were born to do.' The purpose of my body became completely different."
At this point, Beyonce is right in saying that she doesn't need to keep labeling herself, especially considering her track record. Just looking at her career trajectory is empowering enough, but she's backed up her strong female image by repeatedly calling for women to take command of themselves both in her songs and in real life. Actions speak louder than words, and Bey has actions enough to stand behind her place as a female icon.
Beyonce has already taken on haters in her new single "Bow Down/I Been On." "I know when you were little girls, you dreamed of being in my world. Don't forget it, don't forget it, respect that," she sings, addressing Mrs. Carter critics with the lines, "I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife. Don’t get it twisted, get it twisted. This my s--t." Well put.