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In Her New Short Film, Beyoncé Speaks Out on Feminism and Fame

In her new short film “Yours and Mine,” Beyoncé touches on family, fame, and feminism. Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the surprise release of her self-titled visual album BEYONCÉ, the 11-minute video collects familiar but often never-before-seen black and white clips from the music videos off the album. When she talks about her body, the film cuts to shots of her in a limo with Jay Z. Speaking on feminism, she’s back in the club from Flawless

Beyoncé is known for monitoring her own image, filming and cataloguing the majority of her life. Every reveal is calculated, from her Instagrams to her recent music video for 7/11, which was shot to look like a sponteneous hotel romp.

"Yours and Mine" is no different from Beyoncé's previous exercises in show and tell, we just get alternate angles. That's no bad thing, especially because this time she makes a definitive statement on feminism and emphasizes the relationships that are central to her success. It's rare to hear a star talk earnestly about the vulnerability that comes with fame, making it all the more of a relief to hear a woman like Beyoncé mention pain. 

We collected some of her best quotes below, but make sure you watch the video for the full, inspirational Bey experience.

Beyoncé on feminism:

"I always consider myself a feminist, although I was always afraid of that word because people put so much on it. 

It’s just a person who believes in equality for men and women. Men and women balance each other out, and we have to get to a point where we are comfortable with appreciating each other.”

On fame: 

“Before I was famous, I was the girl on the hill with the guitar. I was the girl who just wanted a beautiful view of the beach.” It’s so rare that we hear stars speaking earnestly about fame. “When you’re famous, no one looks at you like you’re human any more.”

Her inspiration:

“My mother always taught me to be strong, and to never be a victim. never make excuses, to never expect anyone to provide for me the things I know I can provide for myself.”

Her views of sexuality:

“We do not value ourselves enough, especially young people don’t really appreciate how brilliant our bodies are. I’ve always been very very specific and very choosy—very choosy—about what I do with my body and who I want to share that with.”

On marriage:

“There’s nothing more exciting than having a witness to your life.

It’s okay to depend on someone. It’s actually what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to depend on each other.”

The pressures on men, especially black men:

“I have a lot of empathy for men and the pressures that they go through and the cultures that have been created, especially for African-American men.”

And finally, words to live by:

“Happiness comes from you. No one else can make you happy. You make you happy.”