Life Is But A Dream: Beyonce talks feminism and self-confidence

Posted on 3 April 2013
By Olivia Harding
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Single Ladies star Beyonce has defended her stance as a modern feminist after coming under fire for branding her forthcoming world tour the ‘Mrs Carter Tour’.

Critics argue that whilst Destiny’s Child’s songs aimed to inspire young women, Beyonce has tainted that reputation with the name of the upcoming tour.

Rush Limbaugh, right-wing political pundit, stated “She has shelved Beyonce,” claiming “She now understands it’s worth it to bow down.”

The Crazy In Love singer hit out at claims she had deserted her role as a strong role model for Independent Women and said she considers herself a ‘modern-day-feminist.’

Beyonce, 31, said: “I’m just a woman and I love being a woman. If you’re attractive then you can’t be sexy, and you can’t be intelligent? What is all of that?

“I don’t know [if I’d call myself a feminist]. That word can be very extreme. Why do you have to label yourself anything?”

The mum of one, 31, also talked about her marriage to the rapper Jay-Z, otherwise known as Shawn Corey Carter, saying: “I feel like Mrs Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I’ve ever been. It comes from really meeting myself once I saw my child.”

Interviewed for the British edition of Vogue, she said, the couple’s 14-month old daughter, Blue Ivy, was already showing an appreciation of music. “She likes salsa – anything with a beat.”

Striking a chord with a number of women worldwide, the famously curved singer confirmed, “I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept.”