What Is It Like To Be Beyonce?
Want to be just like Beyoncé? Sure, we all do. Even the most famous celebrities bow down to Beyoncé. During her recent TED Talk, Shonda Rhimes admitted that even though she's the queen of Thursday night on ABC, at her most powerful, she feels like Queen Bey. "For me my work is at all times, building a nation out of thin air, it is manning the troops, it is painting a canvas, it is hitting every high note, it is running a marathon, it is being Beyoncé," she said. "It is all of those things at the same time." Of course, Rhimes isn't the first celebrity to hypothesize what it's like to be Beyoncé — and certainly won't be the last since it seems stars are really like us and really want to be Bey too.
And I definitely don't blame them. Beyoncé is the woman who runs this world, gets us into formation, and makes us feel flawless every day. She is something different to everyone, but to a lot of us she is basically the epitome of everything you want to be. Beyoncé is a queen, a role model, and so many other things to her adoring public.
Beyoncé probably wouldn't own up to being many (if any) of these things herself, but, luckily, all of these other famous people will just say it out loud for her. So praise Bey and learn what it's like to be the biggest star on the planet from people who aren't actually lucky enough to be Beyoncé. But really wish they were.
1. Anna Kendrick Is Scared To Make Eye Contact With Her
At least, that's what Anna Kendrick implied when she told Conan O'Brien what it was like the first time she met Beyoncé at the 2014 Grammys. “I know everybody is, but I’m totally obsessed with Beyoncé," Kendrick said. "I walked past Beyoncé at one point and, because I’m not worthy, I didn’t look at her.” Kendrick said while trying to not maintain eye contact, her friend saw that Beyoncé was waving her over to talk. Kendrick said the Queen was as a nice as you want her to be and even told her she was "so cute" in her red dress at the Kennedy Center Honors. "She said that I had a little red dress," Kendrick told O'Brien, "which means that she actually watched it. Or it means that I was having a stroke and I imagined the entire thing."
2. She Makes Marriage Look Cool, Just Like Everything Else She Does
Before marrying John Legend, Chrissy Teigen thanked Bey on Twitter for "making marriage seem cool," before adding, "it’s the only reason I said yes." But, in general, Beyoncé is clearly Teigen's litmus test for what's actually cool, which makes sense since Bey just slays everything. Case in point, Bey's On The Run Tour with hubby Jay Z: “Ummmmm of course Beyoncé killed it she is Beyoncé, she had to," Teigen tweeted. "There is no other way for Beyoncé to do things she doesn’t know how to not.” Hard to argue with her there.
3. She's The Queen Of America
And Jay Z's the king. At least, according to Jennifer Lawrence, who said this in a behind-the-scenes video for her 2014 Vanity Fair cover shoot. To be more specific, Lawrence said Beyoncé is the Queen of America when it comes to music. Brad Pitt and Angelina are the King and Queen of Hollywood. Lawrence also admitted she's been a member of the BeyHive since Bey's Destiny's Child days: "I mean, Destiny's Child was my first CD." Represent, J. Law, represent.
4. She's The Best Role Model For Little Girls
Specifically, President Barack Obama's daughters Malia and Sasha. At a 2012 fundraiser, the POTUS said Beyoncé "could not be a better role model for my girls because she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent.” Obama also said he has a little bond with Jay Z: "We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are... it's hard but it's OK."
5. She's More Than A Few People's #Goals
Demi Lovato made this sentiment clear in all caps on Twitter after Beyoncé dropped her surprise album, hashtagging her tweets "#OBSESSED #IWANTTOBEHER.” Don't worry Demi, #WEALLDO.
6. She's A Superhuman Force
Jenna Dewan Tatum questioned if Bey was even human after seeing her #Flawless performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2014. The Supergirl actress may know a thing or two about women who seem to be more super hero than anything else. "Is Beyoncé real?!?" Dewan Tatum tweeted. "Or is she some sort of super human force?" It's hard to believe, but yes, she's all human and all woman who runs the world.
7. She's The Epitome Of Poise And Grace
After Lorde was accused of dissing Beyoncé and her alter-ego Sasha Fierce in 2014, the young singer took to her Tumblr to set the record straight on how she feels about Beyoncé. She did not stop with the compliment above when it came to gushing about Beyoncé, though. Lorde added, "Beyoncé is a goddess and a superhuman performer and the epitome of poise and grace. Why would I dislike Beyoncé? I don't even know if it's possible." Lorde would later tell an Australian radio station she nearly had a seizure when she met Beyoncé for the first time at the 2014 Grammys, but managed to keep it cool when meeting the "graceful" and "beautiful" Beyoncé: "I promise you I wasn't like, 'Can we just get a picture?' I was chill." I trust you, Lorde.
8. Oprah Thinks Her Performances Are Where "Art Meets God"
These are the words Oprah used when describing Beyoncé's lights out performance at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show. "It was what magic really is," Oprah told Beyoncé during Oprah's Next Chapter. "It was where art meets God." She added that Beyoncé made everyone feel like they could do anything they wanted. Just "maybe not in those boots," Oprah joked. The hostess with the mostess even got Bey to admit that she may have been the reason the lights went out in the stadium that day.
9. She's The One And Only
Yes, even Michelle Obama wants to be like Beyoncé, as she made very clear in her birthday message to the pop superstar, saying she's the "one and only" Beyoncé.
10. She Has A Sound & Style All Her Own
That's exactly what Barbra Streisand said of Beyoncé, which is a high compliment coming from someone who knows a little about both those things. Streisand later said of Beyoncé, who covered Babs' classic "The Way We Were" at the Kennedy Center Honors, "I would love to sing with her. I'm mad for her. I think she's spectacular."
11. She's Awesome At Parties
Taylor Swift definitely knows this firsthand, being that Bey was at her 25th birthday party. There are some great pictures to prove it. Swift, who admitted to loving Beyoncé "more than the normal amount" in a KISS FM UK radio interview, said Queen Bey's "awesome, like in a party scenario — the nicest, talking to everybody, dancing sometimes."
12. She Makes The World Stop With Anything She Does
Kerry Washington said she'd like to see Beyoncé team up with Olivia Pope on Scandal sometime soon. Mainly because it would be the must-watch of the year — like everything Bey does. “It would be great to have somebody like Beyoncé on the show, because any time Beyoncé does anything, it makes the world stop, and I would just be happy,” Washington said during a Sirius XM Town Hall. “Any time I get to be in a room with her, I’m like, ‘This is great.’”
13. She Make You Want To Be Better At Whatever You Do
When Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was asked, "If you could choose, would you rather be the president or Beyoncé?” during a recent Town Hall, she said, "I want to be as good a president as Beyoncé is a performer." Yeah, that's pretty much a mic drop. Clinton continued by explaining, “You see her on TV, it’s impressive; you see her in person, you’re just stunned. Thinking like, how does she do that? Really. I mean, she's singing, she’s up and she’s down. She’s just amazing.” I'm with her on this one.
14. She Defines Greatness
As Nicki Minaj says, it's all in the name. Something about her one name just gives other women the power to do more. “I always feel like I learn so much when I work with her," Minaj told Time about getting into the studio with Beyoncé. "I don’t normally work with people like me. I’m always the one feeling like I’m a lunatic. Like I’m over-thinking everything. But she’s very, very hands-on. So whenever I work with her, I feel maybe I’m not so bad after all.”
That's the thing about Beyoncé, she makes other women feel good about themselves. Like there's someone out there that just gets it. And sure, these ideas of what it's like to be Beyoncé are a lot for one woman to live up to. But remember this isn't any ordinary woman, this is Beyoncé.
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