There is not much 32-year-old singer Beyonce hasn’t accomplished in her young career. Her impact in music continues to grow as well as the social influence she instills with the strength of her feminist voice. Queen Bey has been so impactful since hitting the world stage as a member of Destiny’s Child that she even has a college course named after her. All of these are reasons Beyonce is one of the Time 100 and graces the cover the annual “100 Most Influential People” issue released Thursday.
Beyonce's influence is proven every time she steps on a stage. Recent surprise performances at the 2014 Grammys and even more recently at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival shows the impact she has on those who love her music. She constantly challenges herself with each album she releases. Her most recent self-titled album, secretly recorded, not only surprised fans with its release, but shattered iTunes records.
But with her success, the wife of Jay Z and mother of Blue Ivy, continues to send the message of female empowerment, which is a reason she received praise from Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg inside the issue that hits newsstands Friday. She says, “Beyonce has insisted that girls ‘run the world’ and declared, ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss. She raises her voice both on and offstage to urge women to be independent and the lead.”
In a recent issue of “Out” magazine, Beyonce urged women to “own their sexuality,” as she believes women can be powerful and sexy at the same time. She believes women can be everything they dream to be and yet maintain their sexuality like she continues to do in a “male-dominated society.”
Beyonce lead entertainment stars on the list, which includes Pharrell Williams, Seth Meyers and Kerry Washington. Other Time 100 honorees include Charlie Rose, Robert Redford, Eric Holder, Rand Paul and Jason Collins.