6 Things About Beyoncé You Have to Know
American singer and actor Beyonce Knowles announced has recently announced that she is pregnant again. She has been sharing her pregnancy photos on Instagram, which became the most liked posts on this platform in minutes. Her pregnancy photo generated over 10 million likes. She also gave a hint that she was expecting twins, writing “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your good wishes. – The Carters” Here are 5 things about this famous singer that you probably didn’t know.
Beyoncé’s full name is Beyonce Giselle Knowles – Carter. She was born in Houston, Texas in 1981. Her father’s name is Mathew and mother’s name is Celestine or Tina. She first started singing in the audition for girls when she was 8 years old, with her childhood friend Kelly Rowland and Latvia Robertson. Afterward, they made a group in 1996 and it was named Destiny’s Child. They performed together until 2002 when Beyoncé started her solo career.
Her solo career officially started in 2002 when a song with Jay-Z “Bonnie & Clyde” was released. After that, she released her first solo album in June. It was the time when Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams started their solo careers, too. Beyonce’s album has sold 317,000 copies only in the first week, and until now it has sold 11 million copies. With the “Crazy in Love” Beyonce took the first place as a solo artist in the US. Her best-rated songs are “Baby Boy”, “Me, Myself and I”, “Naughty Girl”, which were all in the top-five. Her second album, ”B’Day”, released in September 2006, sold half a million copies in the first week. It had singles like “Irreplaceable”, “Ring the Alarm”, “Get me Bodied”. Also, this was the year when Beyonce started her acting career – she had a role in The Pink Panther. Until now, she has published three more albums: 4 in 2011, Beyonce in 2013 and Lemonade in 2016.
In April 2008, she married her longtime boyfriend, Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter). When she announced her pregnancy, in August 2011, the phrase “Beyoncé pregnant” was the most googled term for the entire week. In January 2012 she gave a birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter in New York. In February 2017, she announced that she expected twins – boy and girl. The twins should be born during this year and the bets started immediately about the gender of the babies.
Beyonce supported presidential candidate Hilary Clinton in the 2016 US Elections. She was a major celebrity who raised funds for this presidential nominee. The star has worked with famous brands like Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani, American Express, Topshop, and Tidal.
Fashion and perfume lines
Beyonce Knowles has her own perfume brands – Beyonce Heat, Heat Rush, and Pulse. She also has her own fashion line, House of Dereon, which was introduced back in 2005. The whole concept was inspired by different generations of women in their family, and the name pays tribute to her grandmother, AgnezDereon. She also founded a family company Beyond Production, which provides the brand management and licensing for their fashion company, and also for its junior collection named Dereon. The fashion collection offers sportswear, denim aids with fur combinations, footwear, eyewear, lingerie, outerwear, and jewelry. House of Dereon teamed up with famous store C&A and made a collection which included little black dresses, blazers, embroidered tops, shirt and bandage dresses.
Beyonce funded the Hurricane Katrina Survivor Foundation together with Kelly Rowland when they provided houses for victims. She donated about $250,000 and also helped in Hurricane Ike which occurred three years afterward. Beyonce was also involved in Hope for Haiti which was founded by Wyclef Jean and George Clooney. She merged forces with Michelle Obama and the Nation Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, for helping against child obesity. In 2012, Beyonce became the ambassador for World Humanitarian Day campaign when she made her song “I Was Here”. Other campaigns where she has been involved are “Chime for Change”, “Miss a Meal”. She was named as the most charitable celebrity of the year, which is not a name given to many people. Way to go, Beyonce! Keep up a good work!
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