I’m so loving this new self-titled album of pop megastar, Beyoncé. It comes off as so mature and it’s truly something a woman of my age can relate to and appreciate. For Bey, I’m sure being married for a few years and becoming a mother had a lot to do with it.
In the mini-documentary video below, Bey explains why she chose Chimamanda Adichie‘s speech to be in her album. She says:
“I was scrolling through videos about feminism on YouTube and I ran across this video of this incredible Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie. Everything she said is exactly how I feel.”
My message in this album was finding the beauty in imperfection. I had this image of this trophy and me accepting these awards and kind of training myself to be a champion and at the end of the day when you go through all of these things, is it worth it? I mean, you get this trophy and you’re like, ‘I basically starved, I have neglected all the people that I love, I’ve conformed to what everybody else thinks I should be and I have this trophy. What does that mean?
The trophy represents all of the sacrifices I made as a kid, all the time I lost being on the road in the studios as a child and I just want to throw that s**t up!”
In her track titled, ‘Pretty Hurts’, Chimamanda’s speech voices over a beauty pageant scene. The author talks about the female contestants being paraded on stage more as eye candy for the men than as a form of empowerment…an unhealthy competition which sets female against female…seeing the other girl as that ‘enemy’ you must conquer to win the crown.
The moral of the video as portrayed by Beyoncé is after all the trophies, was all hardwork, bad blood, stress et al worth it?
Watch the documentary…
Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Producers: Ed Burke, Bill Kirsten, Carly Hugo
Editor: Yoonha Park
VFX: Mike Anderson
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