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Today, on her 35th birthday, Beyoncé as we know her is fully formed. The world’s biggest pop star is at the height of her power as a performer, a fashion icon, a mother, and an advocate for social justice. To celebrate the birthday of not only our biggest but also our most important pop star, let’s look back at some of Beyoncé’s most inspirational quotes.
On feeling empowered: “When I’m not feeling my best, I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”
On adulthood: “I don’t feel like I have to please anyone. I feel free. I feel like I’m an adult. I’m grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That’s why I’ve worked hard.”
On feminism: “I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything?”
On happiness: “Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health—take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish.”
On confidence: “We all have our imperfections. But I’m human, and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.”
Look fierce like Beyoncé in a pair of her Full Length Logo Leggings by Ivy Park, and tell us what you love most about Queen Bey.