In other news, the Internet promptly exploded this morning when we learned that Beyoncé is going to be performing at the VMAs! On top of that, MTV will be giving Queen Bey the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the biggest, most impressive award you can get on the VMAs. Oh, and she’s also nominated for eight additional Moonmen. Even if she doesn’t end up bringing home all nine possible Moonmen, we can easily list 9 reasons she has already won our hearts!
+ She Embraces Feminism
Even these days sometimes people shy away from calling themselves a feminist (despite the fact that it means you’re a believer in equality, and everyone should be). But Beyoncé recorded “***Flawless,” pretty much letting people know her opinion.
+ She Writes About Women’s Rights
She’s written about women’s rights for The Shriver Report, saying, “Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more — commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender.”
+ She Has Done United Nations Work
She’s backed the United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day. “It’s high time we rise together,” she said. “Do one thing for another human being — nothing is too small. It begins with each of us. Make your mark and say ‘I was here.’ ”
+ She’s Even Sung for the United Nations
Speaking of which, she also did her “I Was Here” song specifically for the United Nations. It was nominated for Best Video with a Social Message at the VMAs, and coincidentally she’s nominated in the same category again this year!
+ She Takes On Unrealistic Beauty Standards
This time Bey’s nominated for “Pretty Hurts,” which takes on unrealistic beauty standards, and promotes the fact it’s better to be happy than hurt yourself trying to look a certain way.
+ She Helps Homeless People
According to those who know her, Queen Bey has also given seven million dollars to help Houston’s homeless population. She wasn’t talking about it herself, but her pastor felt the world ought to know!
+ She Helps People Find Jobs
This economy isn’t the best for finding jobs, so Beyoncé created the #BeyGOOD initiative, through which she worked with Goodwill to help people get the jobs they need.
+ She Wants You To Rise
She likes to talk about empowerment, and that’s why she got behind the #IRiseFor campaign. What inspires you to rise and better yourself and the world around you?
+ She Co-founded Chime for Change
She wants real change to happen, and she’s especially interested in making positive change for women. That’s why she’s the co-founder for the feminist Chime for Change campaign, saying, “It’s up to us to change the statistics for women around the world. I’m honored to be in the company of women who live fearlessly and set an example for the next generation of young ladies.”
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