Hailed as the flawless “Queen Bey” around the world, Beyonce is a role model for millions of girls. Beyonce has an undeniable influence on women of all ages, but society should still ask the question of whether she a positive role model or a negative one. Although this argument usually goes one way or the other, this writer believes the answer lies somewhere in the middle.

 

Beyonce is one of the most successful female artists of our generation, with a powerful voice and a powerful body to go with it. Many of her songs revolve around the idea of women’s empowerment (Run the World (Girls)) and women calling the shots.

 

Outside of her music, she is also a voice in the feminist movement. In an article written on the inequality between men and women in American society today Beyonce says, “we have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”

 

Beyonce has also signed on to the Ban Bossy campaign, to encourage young girls to embrace their roles as strong, ambitious leaders. She is never the center of a drug scandal or dramatic feud in the headlines.   

 

(Related: #BanBossy: The Movement for Female Leadership)

 

 

(fashionbombdaily.com)

(fashionbombdaily.com)

In many of her music videos, however, she wears revealing clothing and her dance moves are highly sexualized. How does one rational this with her other work in the feminist movement? Does her personal image empower women to embrace their curves and their sexuality, or does it send the message that the only way for females to get attention is to be overly-sexualized?

 

It is important to realize that Beyonce’s talent is evident, and her success does not depend on her sexualized image alone. It is also necessary to realize the intentions behind her actions. Given that she is such a influence in women’s equality, it would seem odd then for her to rely on “selling sex” to get attention. The way she dances and dresses may appear to be negative, but as we move to a more equal society, we also move toward a society where women can embrace their bodies and their sexuality.

 

What are your thoughts on Beyonce as a role model? Comment below or tweet at me @whatsthesich.