Flawless: Beyoncé is August’s Monthly Muse, Obvs

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Beyoncé is everything that embodies a Renaissance woman. She runs her own fashion line, smashes records with her sales, dotes after her absolutely precious daughter, and is one-half of the power couple that’s running music right now. And can we talk about her album? How did she manage to record it and film accompanying videos for every song in top-secret fashion? You’d think she’d gone off the grid with her staff for months to pull off such a feat – but she was present in the public eye the whole time, Instagramming cupcakes and pictures of beachy locales, acting as though she wasn’t just about to change the way marketing albums works.

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Her style is out of this world. I’m sure she’s got a team of people working on her at all times, led for years by Tina Knowles, but she’s definitely got something to say about it. Even when you see photos of her from the late ’90s/early ’00s and she looks dated, you know she was on top of the game in that era. Her sportswear game is amaze and she can rock a sleek, floor-length gown just as well. When people say “so and so could rock a paper bag,” chances are whoever they’re talking about can’t rock it quite as well as Beyoncé.

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Her charity is completely awe-inspiring. The list of amazing contributions Beyoncé has made to better the world is vast, but one of the most impressive might be Project Survivor, which she co-founded with fellow Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland. Project Survivor initially provided assistance to victims in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but also went on to launch the Knowles-Rowland Temenos Place Apartments in Houston, which provide housing and support for men, women, and children who would otherwise be homeless.

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She stands up for herself. After the now-infamous “elevator incident,” she issued a polite statement and continued her ‘gramming of happy family photos like everything was fine. The internet continued being abuzz, so what did she do? Released a remix to her song “***Flawless” featuring a new verse by Nicki Minaj – and the declaration from Queen B herself that sometimes things go down “when there’s a billion dollars on an elevator.” Also, can we talk about her Super Bowl performance, where all the musicians were women? Was it a statement on the fact that, before the Madonna halftime show the previous year, there had been a distinct lack of female performers on the stage of the most-watched live event in the United States? Maybe not, but the image of all women rocking out in the center of a male-dominated event was undeniably powerful.

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+ What’s your personal favorite Beyoncé look? How do you celebrate your personal brand of ***flawless?

About Katie O.

Katie attempts to balance the humble earnestness of her Rust Belt upbringing with the expensive aspirations (and love of bagels) she gleaned as a college student in NYC. When she's not pondering puns in product names, she co-edits a literary magazine, watches copious amounts of Law & Order, and dreams of becoming Beyoncé.


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