As part of her new album release, Beyoncé has also released a documentary about her personal life and her career. She released the documentary in installments and in the fifth one she is about as emotionally raw as she has ever been. She spoke about how her image in the music industry has held her back from being who she really wants to be and how she wants her music to portray her.
When she started with girl group, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé was just nine years old. She was fifteen when they put out their first album. She knew that she had to portray a certain image to be a role model for the younger crowd that the group was marketed for. Bey said that she felt that held her back and stifled her. She says that now she feels that it is time for her to finally be herself and that she has earned that right after so many years.
Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses, a social commentator and life strategist for women said: “I think I’ve made it clear that I’m not a Bey fan so this is not a gushing fan worshiping her idol but I will say this. I LOVE that she has let her sensual self out and has also become vocal about what being a woman means to her.
What I appreciate about her message is that she is saying that a woman is multi-faceted. Being $exy or beautiful doesn’t mean you’re a dumb bubble-head anymore than being intelligent and level headed means you don’t have a softer or more sensual side.
I feel like we live in a world which tries to box women into one dimensional categories; “are you smart and intelligent or are you beautiful and sexy?” Guess what, women can be ALLLL that! Also, Bey is not encouraging this destructive sexual “liberation” which tells women to go hopping from one man’s bed to another and pick up babies and STDs along the way. I love it!”
Beyoncé finally feels free to express herself in a way that she truly believes in. She was ready to put this album together and feels that it’s the most real album she has ever done.
What do you think? Is she right; has she earned her right to be $exy and sensual?