#tbt Destiny’s Child- Bootylicious
Today, on the day of her birthday, we celebrate the life and times of our one true savior, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.
Over the years Beyoncé has taught the world so much: how to vogue on rotating furniture displays from Home Goods, how to star in an Austin Powers film without fading into the ether afterward, the word surfbordt, and so much more. It’s hard to pick one song that sticks out as screaming “Beyoncé” to me, but I’m giving it a shot anyway…It’s “Bootylicious”.
Before Beyoncé was very publicly declaring her status as a capital F feminist, she was telling us in no uncertain terms who she was. I can recall an interview with her explaining the etymology “Bootylicious”- after reading negative things about her weight and shape in the press, it became a term she recognized as fun, powerful and celebratory.
Not only did the song reach the top of the U.S. charts (and remains the last song by a girl group to do so), the word “bootylicious” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004, cementing Beyoncé’s position as both a gentlewoman AND a scholar.
And on a personal note, “Bootylicious” was my first foray into accepting my already blossoming thickness as something that was beautiful and also potentially threatening. (“I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly” became somewhat of a catch phrase, especially as a coping mechanism, but we can save that talk for another time.)
Obviously the video also scores high marks for diverse extras, Tina Knowles original costumes, Beyoncé with a gold tooth and Stevie Nicks.
So throw on a chain belt, do some vocal warm-ups to hit those Michael Jackson high note and enjoy this Bootylicious #TBT.
This post was written by Katie (you should totally follow her on twitter, btw). Thanks for representing the Beygency, girl.