In honor of Beyoncé’s birthday, a bust fit for a queen

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was born on this day in 1981 — a truly blessed day.

Coincidentally, today is also the launch of our latest illustrated column, “Babes or Bust,” which will focus on an iconic woman (or women) every Monday by immortalizing them in (illustrated) marble. The more monuments to strong, powerful women there are in the world, the better. (If only I knew how to work an actual, physical chisel.)

And really, what better woman to kick off the series with than Beyoncé, on Beyoncé’s birthday?


If you need a refresher on just why Queen B is THE Queen B, or in case you don’t really get the hype (!?!), here are some of her biggest accomplishments:

The woman has 22 (TWENTY-TWO) Grammys.

According to The Recording Academy itself, our queen holds the second-most wins by a female artist and is tied with Adele for most wins in one night by a lady (with six wins). She also has 62 (SIXTY-TWO) nominations (which is more than any other female artist, ever.)

She is truly a triple threat.

She can sing, dance, AND act, as evidenced by her Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film Dream Girls. Other movies of hers include: The Pink Panther, Obsessed, and Cadillac Records.

Her 2013 surprise visual album was the fastest-selling iTunes record, ever.

Her self-titled visual album, which featured 14 new tracks and a whopping 17 videos, sold 828,773 copies worldwide. Justin Timberlake originally held the record before her.

She breaks the internet with pretty much every announcement she makes.

Her performance at the MTV VMA’s, during which she announced that she was pregnant with Blue Ivy, inspired the “most tweets per second recorded for a single event” on Twitter. (The official tally was 8,868 tweets PER SECOND.) And remember the frenzy when she announced that she was pregnant with the twins?

She’s backed by an all-woman group of her own formation.

Beyoncé’s live band, the Suga Mamas, is a 10-piece lady ensemble, which she formed in 2006. Talk about women supporting women.

Beyoncé and mom Tina opened the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center to support Phoenix House in Brooklyn.

In 2010, the duo founded the center, which offers a seven-month cosmetology training program. It’s meant for men and women who formerly struggled with addiction and are trying to get their lives back on track. Beyoncé also donated all of the money she made from the film Cadillac Records to Phoenix House.

She’s a self-proclaimed feminist and a proponent for strong women everywhere.

From “Pretty Hurts” to “Blow,” from “Mine” to “Flawless,” and so many more, Beyoncé’s songs cover topics of self-confidence, female empowerment (who run the world?), and the importance of being there for yourself first and foremost. (Don’t you ever for a second get to thinking you’re irreplaceable, bro.)

I could literally go on and on until it’s no longer Bey’s birthday anymore, but I’ll leave it at this: B is Queen.

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