Beyonce: Five Reasons Queen Bey Is a Modern Feminist Icon

Beyonce is the Queen Bey of strong, independent ladies the world over. But that doesn't stop haters from throwing shade when she proudly represents her famous hubby.

Right now, Beyonce's feeling pretty stoked on her personal life. The woman just had her first child and she's happily wed to hip-hop legend and business mogul Jay-Z. Who can blame her if she wants to show off a little and let her world tour reflect this domestic happiness?

Many feminists think the name of her current road trip, the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, is detrimental to female empowerment. But we say, "Phooey!" It's hard being a woman with a successful career and an enviable home life. Besides, Beyoncé has already done a lot to further strong womanly ideals.

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-Beyonce Announces Mrs. Carter Show World Tour 2013, Coming to Miami

She Regularly Pens Feminist Anthems

The Queen has written a ton of songs throughout her career that empower women and encourage girls to take charge. Back in the days of Destiny's Child, she co-wrote and performed hits like "Bills Bills Bills" and "Survivor," which touted independence from men and a can-do attitude. She's topped charts with songs like "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and "Irreplaceable." There's also "If I Were a Boy," which takes on traditional gender roles, reminding women to be strong while taking time to tell men how to treat a lady. "Independent Women" was a feminist anthem of its time, and "Run the World" kind of says it all, right?

Ms. Magazine Cover

This was pretty controversial for Bey and Ms. magazine. A lot of commenters raged about how the popular singer couldn't possibly be a feminist because of the way she dresses and dances. But at least she doesn't prattle on about getting black-out drunk and gratuitously kissing girls like some other pop stars. Just because you feel sexy doesn't mean you're not a feminist, and making the cover of a feminist magazine is something Beyoncé should be proud of.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.

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