It is no longer news that American megastar, Beyoncé Knowles, has bared it all as she and husband, Jay-Z, do a book tour of their On The Run II.
While the Internet continues to bubble on account of the sizzling photographs of the singer and her husband, critics have noted that a near-nude Beyoncé is nothing out of the ordinary, arguing that the deal these days, is that famous women can sing about “independence” and “girl power” as long as they’re wearing next to nothing.
Writer, Hadley Freeman, expresses amazement that achiever women can’t seem to celebrate their achievement without baring a generous portions of flesh, preferably as covers of men’s magazines.
Discussing one of Beyoncé’s numerous magazine interviews, Freeman wrote: “I never fail to be amazed at the high profile, often A-list women who celebrate their professional success by posing near naked on the covers of allegedly classy men’s magazines, such as Esquire and GQ, and these covers are, to my eyes, becoming increasingly close to porn.”
She laments that Beyoncé isn’t alone, noting that successful women such as Cameron Diaz have been photographed bending over in a pair of mesh pants; while Mila Kunis posed topless in leather trousers and later writhes naked on a bed.
Rihanna, too, has posed naked save for a mini leather jacket, while Lana Del Rey had also been naked except for some jewellery. In all of the cases, Freeman notes, all the men who graced all of the covers were fully clothed.
Again, in an interview with the GQ magazine, Beyoncé was quoted to have said in a video diary that “she informs herself that she is going to listen to one of her own songs before having sex with her husband.”
In one of the nude photographs here, the singer is naked but for the thongs, with husband Jay-Z lying beside her while she peruses what looks like a magazine.
Freeman however criticises the nude peddling, saying, “It’s one thing to submit to this attention-seeking nonsense if you’re a C-list reality TV desperado trying to get on the cover of Nuts; it’s another if you are professedly one of the most powerful women in the entertainment business who has no need of such tactics.”
She laments that while it’s okay for Beyoncé to hate the fact that women are humiliated by being paid less than their male counterparts; the humiliation doesn’t end there, as successful women are similarly humiliated by being fed the message that it doesn’t matter how successful, powerful or smart they are – all that matters is how sexually available they are willing to make themselves look.
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