Beyonce was very surprised to see Egyptian women in burkas singing and dancing along to ‘Irreplaceable’ during her tour. The singer told in the interview to Harper’s Bazaar September 2011 issue it was amazing to watch the ladies enjoying the concert while their men were obviously annoyed with everything what was happening.
There were a lot of women in the audience in burkas. They were singing along to Irreplaceable – it was amazing! Some of the men got really upset! They were like to their women, “We have to get you out of here!”….I guess some of them (men) do get annoyed. But I never want to do “the banner thing”.
Talking about feminism Beyonce admits she definitely is the feminist but it’s all quite natural for her. The singer commented:
I don’t really feel that it’s necessary to define it. It’s just something that’s kind of natural for me, and I feel like…you know…it’s, like, what I live for. I need to find a catchy new word for feminism, right? Like Bootylicious.”
When asked about any women she admired Beyonce told Harper’s Bazaar that her role model was a friend, Gwyneth Paltrow:
She pushes her boundaries all the time. You go to her house and she makes you feel like you never want to go home. She is what I strive to be one day.”
Gwyneth replied to the praise:
She is what it means to be a superstar. No one else can sing and dance like that, while having humor and genuine bursting sweetness. She has her own recipe for it… I wanted my own character (in Country Strong), to have some of that mega-wattage. So I studied B. She was my homework.”
The full Beyonce’s interview is in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, on newsstands on August 6.
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