Beyonce’ Named Time’s Most Influential, But All Anyone Talks About Is the Photo


Evidently it’s the “list” time of year, and so far black girls are winning. On Tuesday, People magazine debuted its 50 Most Beautiful issue, starring none other than media (and fan) darling Lupita Nyong’o on the cover. Not to be outdone, this morning, Time released its annual 100 Most Influential People issue, featuring singer Beyoncé on its cover. Nyong’o’s issue went over pretty well (at least in my circles). Beyoncé’s, though? Um … not so much.

In her Time bio, ’Yoncé is lauded by Lean In author and Facebook honcho Sheryl Sandberg, who effusively praises the singer-actress-performer turned wife-mother-feminist. Sandberg makes a brief but solid argument that plays off Sandberg’s lean-in catchphrase: “Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one.”

Sandberg describes how Bey’s last album—the self-titled audiovisual gem she dropped with zero notice or promotion last December—“shattered music industry rules and sales records.” (That’s not just fan hype. Beyoncé holds the record for fastest-selling album in iTunes history and has sold more than 3 million copies.) Sandberg goes on to mention Bey’s sold-out world tour and notes the singer’s (somewhat shaky) track record of raising “her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead.” (Admittedly, she’s getting better.)

I’m far from being Beyoncé’s biggest fan—though I love the latest album—but it’s hard to argue that

she doesn’t have the influence to earn that Time-cover spot. I expected people to try to argue against it anyway, because, well, that’s what the Internet is there for. But nope, folks surprised me. Instead, everyone’s talking about what Beyoncé looks like on the Time cover, as if she’s over there with Nyong’o on People’s Most Beautiful cover.

I have to ask, though: Should it really matter what she looks like?

Apparently. The (sad) consensus among many social media readers is that this Time cover isn’t Bey’s best look. The complaints are many:

She’s “too skinny”—“look at her thighs!”

“She looks sick!”

“Her hair is too straight” or “too blonde!”

“She looks white!!!”


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  1. Username* says:

    Hi Belle
    I really believe why everyone is in such a rant about her looks is because our world has become so superficial. Ii mean hey don’t get wrong she has a great body she is pretty but someone like Lupita would have been most influential to me, because she is beautiful inside and out. She represents someone our young girls can look up to not knocking Beyoncé just my opinion. We should not be so focused on what she looks like on the cover we should be concerned about she is influencing this world.

    Okay I’ve shared my 5 cents.

  2. Sommer says:

    I love the cover. Beyoncé may have wanted it to look that way. She’s in her natural state, “Flaws and All”. The pic should NOT matter.

    I am proud of her as a black woman because it is well deserved. The focus is that she is a business woman who is making major moves and at the top of her game. I’m also very happy Sheryl Sandberg spoke on her behalf.

  3. Sue says:

    I do not appreciate the underwear outfit. Something is bothering about influence being displayed by a woman in her underwear and see through top…..

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