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Beyoncé, DUH!!

Did you really think I’d be posting about anything else? If you have been living under a rock for the past month, then I guess you haven’t heard that Beyoncé wow-ed everyone by dropping her latest visual album, “Beyoncé” without telling a SOUL! Her self-titled record went live on iTunes after she made a Facebook announcement and people haven’t stopped downloading since.

2013 has been the “Year of Beyoncé.” Let’s just do a little recap of what 2013 brought for her:

  • Superbowl XLVII Halftime show AND a Destiny’s Child reunion on stage
  • An HBO Documentary about her life and how awesome she is, that she directed and produced
  • After getting shit for pre-recording the national anthem at Obama’s inauguration, she belted out the tune, acapella style, at the Superbowl press Conference. Take that!
  • “The Mrs. Carter World Tour,” which consisted of 132 total performances
  • A Grammy for “Love on Top”
  • Contract to become the new face of H&M
  • Numerous magazine covers, including US & British Vogue
  • The crown title of #1 Hottest Woman of the 21st Century by GQ magazine (no big deal, it’s not like there are 986 more years left)

Ok, that’s really not even the half of how fantastic 2013 was for her, but I don’t want this post to be a mile long. Amongst all of these amazing accomplishments, she also celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary with Jay and Baby Blue’s first birthday. How adorable. Oh, and she also chopped off her fab locks, only to look even hotter than before.

If you haven’t purchased her newest album, I feel bad for you. Actually, I just think you’re dumb, but whatever.  If you don’t have the amazingness that is “Beyoncé,” then you only get to preview some of her legendary videos, as not all have been fully released. I can do my best to summarize, but it’s really not the same thing. At all.

Flawless (Aptly named)

I know when you were little girls
You dreamt of being in my world
Don’t forget it, don’t forget it
Respect that, bow down bitches

Hi. I’m 23 and I still want to be you/in your world.

XO

Albeit this track came with some (disputed) backlash from NASA, it’s true message is clear: Life is short and anything can happen, so make meaning with the one you love while you can. Basically, we should all live life like we are at a carnival and have the best time ever. That’s what I got from it.

Pretty Hurts

But you can’t fix what you can’t see
It’s the soul that needs the surgery

This is probably my favorite song/video on her album.  We all know how harsh the media can be on body shape, especially that of women. In this video, Bey plays a beauty pageant contestant trying to reach the unobtainable: perfection.  She shows how much of a struggle it can be to fit this impossible mold that was created for women, and she couldn’t have done it any better. I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that 10 places down on the track list is “Flawless,” which is Beyoncé saying that she’s totally amazing just the way she is and the media can kiss her ass. You go Yoncé!

In one word, Beyoncé is FABULOUS. End of story. No question. Bye.

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