Beyoncé might be known for her super-private persona, but a few years ago, she was a total goofball who wasn’t afraid of teasing her interviewers for their accents and hair. If you go back even further, Beyoncé was the sassiest, most unfiltered member of Destiny’s Child who had no qualms with shading her bandmates and gushing over hot guys.
Though the 36-year-old singer hasn’t given an interview in more than four years (likely because she’s become so astronomically famous that she can sell her music without a second of promoting it), we still long for the days when Bey showed her goofier side in public.
To reminisce, we rounded up 10 slap-your-knee funny Beyoncé interviews that you probably forgot about, from when she deadpanned about cooking water at her mama’s Thanksgiving to when she couldn’t understand a word of what an interviewer was saying. Prepare to laugh out loud.
When She Made Fun of a Tabloid Story About Her Pregnancy
When She Teased an Interviewer for His Accent
“Are you cursing?”
When She Fangirled Over D’Anglo with Aaliyah
“Girl! I’m with you. Cause you know he fine.”
When She Joked About Making Water for Thanksgiving
“Usually I make the ice water.”
When She Fangirled Over Whales
“I love whales.”
When She Threw Solange Under the Bus for Attempted Murder
“Next thing you know: Ding dong. It’s the cops.”
When She Didn’t Know How to Pronounce ‘Caribbean’
“I never thought about that because I didn’t want to embarass myself.”
Get your pinning finger ready, because it’s almost International Women’s Day, and to celebrate, we’ve rounded up 50 kick-ass feminist quotes from the women who rule pop culture. These inspiring sayings from such famous women as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Emma Watson, and Mindy Kaling will make you want to high-five every woman you come across in the streets all day long.
1. “I do not need some guy around in order to get inspiration, in order to make a great record, in order to live my life, in order to feel OK about myself. And I wanted to show my fans the same thing.” — Taylor Swift
2. “Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” — Lady Gaga
3. “Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you, and inspire you.” — Taylor Swift
4. “I would rather be handsome for an hour than pretty for a week.” — Tilda Swinton
5. “Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine, and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.” — Beyoncé
6. “I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything.” — Miley Cyrus
7. “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: Who cares.” — Tina Fey
8. “We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” — Beyoncé
9. “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, OK.” — Madonna
10. “Here’s my feeling: For everyone, men and women, it’s important to be a feminist. It’s important to have female characters. It’s wonderful for women to mentor other women, but it’s just as important for women to mentor men and vice versa. In my line of work, having Greg Daniels be such a great mentor to me is fantastic. Finding a writer’s assistant, be it a man or a woman, and encouraging them to think with a feminist perspective, is key.” — Mindy Kaling
11. “Being single used to mean that nobody wanted you. Now it means you’re pretty sexy and you’re taking your time deciding how you want your life to be and who you want to spend it with.” — Carrie Bradshaw
12. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” — Katharine Hepburn
13. “Being a feminist simply means you believe in equal rights, and I think if you ask anybody if they believe in equal rights, they’ll say yes, man or woman. And if they don’t—who the heck would say that?” — Leighton Meester
14. “Why is it mischievous, fun, and sexy if a guy has a string of lovers that he’s cast aside, loved and left? Yet if a woman dates three or four people in an eight-year period, she is a serial dater, and it gives some 12-year-old the idea to call her a slut on the internet? It’s not the same for boys; it just isn’t, and that’s a fact.” — Taylor Swift
15. “Take care of yourself now that you’re old enough to know how. Drink water, sleep eight hours (I wish), and don’t go within 400 feet of a tanning booth, or I’ll slap you. Hard.” — Olivia Wilde
16. “I believe great people do things before they are ready.” — Amy Poehler
17. “I said, ‘Instead of going in the direction that a lot of the women singers are going in [revealing], I’ll be very, very sexy under 18 pounds of chiffon and lace and velvet.… I will have mystique.’” — StevieNicks
18. “I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become.” — Oprah Winfrey
19. “The saddest thing for a girl to do is to dumb herself down for a guy.” — Emma Watson
20. “It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends.” — J.K. Rowling
21. “It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice.” — Amy Poehler
22. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself aloud.” — Coco Chanel
23. “Barbie’s disfigured. It’s fine to play with her, just as long as you keep that in mind.” — Lena Dunham
24. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.” — Oprah Winfrey
25. “I don’t know. I don’t like girls whining and complaining about wanting a man! I never liked ‘Sex and the City,’ the kind of thing where women only feel empowered once they find The Man. It is just not up my alley. I don’t believe in it. There is nothing you can control about love.” — Jennifer Aniston
26. “My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet, is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” — Taylor Swift
27. “We have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.” —Beyoncé
28. “The girls who were unanimously considered beautiful often rested on their beauty alone. I felt I had to do things, to be intelligent, and develop a personality in order to be seen as attractive. By the time I realized maybe I wasn’t plain and might even possibly be pretty, I had already trained myself to be a little more interesting and informed.” —Diane von Furstenberg
29. “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” — Oprah Winfrey
30. “I feel like young girls are told that they have to be a princess and fragile. It’s bullshit. I identify much more with being a warrior—a fighter.” —Emma Watson
31. “Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names…. It was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus. Don’t you ever forget it.” — Janelle Monáe
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32. “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story—I will.” — Amy Schumer
33. “I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and confidently themselves, who bring light into the world.” — Meryl Streep
34. “I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you young girls on a beautiful journey, that you will feel validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.” — Lupita Nyong’o
35. “I love this neo-feminist idea—defining yourself as whoever, whatever you want to be today, and it can change tomorrow, and it can change the day after that.” — Uzo Aduba
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36. “A woman is a drunk, a whore, whereas the guy’s like a partyer, a player. I’ve been around both women who drink too much and guys who drink too much, and it’s just as ugly on the guys. — Emily Blunt
37. “I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present, or future property/possession. I … do not. belong. to anyone. but myself. and neither do you.” — Ariana Grande
38. “There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free, and educated woman.” — Angelina Jolie
39. “Women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny or sexy or desirable or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women.” — Alicia Keys
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40. “I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! Fuck that. I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard.” — Jennifer Lawrence
41. “I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Maybe some women just don’t care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?” — Ellen Page
42. “I want women to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad—human, basically.” — Natalie Portman
43. “I love having every right to be as outspoken as I am, as any man would be.” — Chrissy Teigen
44. ‘The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up.” — Serena Williams
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45. “We are sisters and women need to stop being compared to other women. Beauty is not how we look, it is how we act.” — Khloé Kardashian
46. “I don’t like to gamble, but if there’s one thing I’m willing to bet on, it’s myself.” — Beyoncé
47. “Gender equality not only liberates women but also men from prescribed gender stereotypes.” — Emma Watson
48. “A bossy women is someone to search out and celebrate.” — Amy Poehler
49. “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.” — Simone Biles
50. “We should stop calling feminists ‘feminists’ and just start calling people who aren’tfeminist ‘sexist’—and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist. People get a label when they’re bad.” — Maisie Williams
Originally published March 2015. Updated March 2018.
When Sir John has something to say, we’re all ears. As the trusty makeup artist to a gang of famous beauties–such as Joan Smalls, Karlie Kloss and thee Beyoncé–he’s basically a walking skin and makeup dictionary, with plenty of experience and expertise to show for it.
So when we stumbled upon his simple, but game-changing foundation tip over at PopSugar, we knew we had to share. Everyone’s go-to coverage plan is different, be it full, sheer or nothing at all, but Sir John is noticing that the “second skin” look is most popular in 2018; or as he likes to call it, the just woke up and rolled out of bed and look kinda cute” look.
And for that reason (and a couple others), he recommends applying your foundation while the moisturizer on your skin is still damp. Understandably so, this may sound like a disaster-in-the-making for those with oily skin, but doing the opposite actually creates a “disconnect between how the foundation cements onto your complexion.”
So, instead of creating a smooth, breathable canvas, you’re actually adding multiple layers that may clog your pores or make your complexion look unnatural.
The best way to make your foundation look dewy and even is to apply it with a wet Beautyblender and when necessary, apply it only to the places that need coverage instead of all over. What you’re left with a seamless blend-out that looks as though you quite literally “woke up like this.”
In case you haven’t heard, Beyoncé is back. The 36-year-old singer—along with her husband, Jay-Z, DJ Khaled, and Future—dropped a surprise song titled “Top Off” from Khaled’s upcoming album, Father of Asahd. And though the track is jam-packed with four all-star musicians, fans are confident that Queen Bey fit one more famous name in there—in the form of shade.
After the song premiered on Friday morning, Twitter was abuzz with speculation that Beyoncé low-key dissed her supposed friend and “Girls Trip” actress, Tiffany Haddish, with one subtle, yet shady, lyric: “If they tryna party with the queen, they gotta sign a non-disclosure.”
Fans are sure that the lyric references a TVOne interview last month in which Haddish retells a story about Bey swatting away a flirty actress who tried feeling up Jay-Z.
“I was talking to Jay-Z for a little bit and there was another actress that was there who was also talking to Jay-Z,” Haddish said. Beyoncé came walking up like, ‘Biiiiiitch!’ But she didn’t say that. But her demeanor, her body from the way she walked up on them said, ‘Get your hands off my man’s chest.’”
Given Beyoncé’s notorious super-private life (she hasn’t given an interview since 2013 and may or may not have a secret Snapchat), it was only a matter of time until Haddish’s oversharing bit her in the ass. Fans are confident that Bey’s lyric is a dig at Haddish and suggests that before she allows new friends in her inner circle, they’re going to have to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep personal details, like Beyoncé’s possession over Jay-Z, top-secret. Some even believe that the singer not-so-subtly yelled “Tiffany!” after the lyric to make her point loud and clear.
If this savage shade proves anything, it’s that you don’t mess with Beyoncé because she can end you just like that. We wish you luck, Tiffany.
With all the celebrities on Snapchat, like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, and Gigi Hadid, there’s one star who has fans begging for a handle: Beyoncé.
Queen Bey has kept her private life, well, private, for quite some time, but after a post on her Instagram story on February 18 featuring the Snapchat-exclusive fire-emoji filter over her and 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy‘s heads, fans have been going wild over a potential, secret Snapchat account.
This isn’t the first time the BeyHive has speculated that the singer has a secret social media life, either. In February 2017, the 36 year-old singer once again posted a photo to her Instagram with a Snapchat-exclusive filter. This time, it was the deer-face filter on her and Blue Ivy’s faces. Almost exactly one year later, people are still searching for the hidden handle.
As of now, there’s no real answer to whether the singer has a secret snap or not. And as much as we applaud the hackers trying to find her handle, we also applaud Bey for keeping a secret just as well as Kris Jenner. We can confirm that this is a case for the F.B.I.