Being a celebrity means much of Beyoncé’s life is an open book. However, don’t think you know everything about the mega superstar. From her favorite number to the history of firsts she’s achieved, this beautiful and talented entertainer is full of surprises. If you’re not already, you’re sure to become a fan and admirer after reading a few of the relatively unknown facts about her.
5 Alter Ego
It may come as a surprise to many Beyoncé fans, but the megastar is shy and reserved at heart. This may be hard to believe considering her bigger-than-life persona and provocative performances, but it’s true, which may explain why she’s notoriously guarded about her private life. However, when it’s time to perform, Beyoncé taps into her inner diva—who she affectionately calls Sasha Fierce. She even named her third album after her alter ego entitled “I Am… Sasha Fierce.”
4 History Maker
Beyoncé has won countless awards over the course of her career. However, a few stand out because of their historical significance. For example, in 2001, Beyoncé became the first African American woman to win the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award. In 2007, she became the first female artist to receive the International Artist Award at the American Music Awards. And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has named her debut studio album, “Dangerously in Love,” one of the top 200 definitive albums in history that shaped rock and roll.
3 Sports Illustrated
When Beyoncé made a solo appearance on the cover of “Sports Illustrated’s” swimsuit issue back in 2007, she became only the second African American woman to do so. Supermodel Tyra Banks had the honor of being the first to grace the cover 10 years earlier in 1997. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 10 years to see another black woman, or any woman of color for that matter, showcased on the cover of “Sports Illustrated’s” famous swimsuit issue.
2 Girl’s Tyme
Before Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé was part of the girl group Girl’s Tyme. Formed when she was only nine years old, Beyoncé shared the limelight with five other girls, one of whom was childhood friend and cousin Kelly Rowland. The group debuted at a talent show and performed at several local events. However, it wasn’t until the band was signed by Columbia Records in 1997 that things began to change and for the better. The group’s name was changed to Destiny’s Child and reduced to four members, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. A year later, the group released its debut self-titled album and the rest is history.
Beyoncé’s favorite number is 4. At the very least, it’s definitely a lucky number for the entertainment powerhouse. Not only was Beyoncé born on the fourth, September 4 to be exact, so was her mother, Tina Knowles, who was born on January 4 and husband Jay Z who was born on December 4. Beyoncé was also married on April 4 and named her fourth studio album “4,” which won the Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Album in 2012.