Beyoncé Knowles: Snapshot

Beyoncé Knowles
Date of Birth
September 04, 1981
Birth Place
Houston, Texas
Beyoncé Knowles found her voice as the star of Destiny's Child, which was shaped by her manager father Mathew and stylist mother Tina. After the group garnered nationwide attention with the departure of three members, DC turned into a hit-making, Grammy-toting trio that became one of the biggest girl groups in music history.

In 2003, Beyoncé parted from the girls (temporarily) to release her debut album, Dangerously in Love, which earned her five Grammys. In 2006, she followed up with B'Day, which she later re-released in Spanish, collaborating with Latin pop star Shakira.

The multi-talented beauty has since graced the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, expanded her resume as a designer and dazzled as an actress in the movie-musical Dreamgirls.

Beyoncé married hip hop mogul Jay-Z in 2008 and welcomed daughter Blue Ivy Carter in 2012 – the same year she was named PEOPLE's World's Most Beautiful Woman.

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Beyoncé Knowles: Five Fun Facts

  1. In grade school, Beyoncé's classmates taunted her about her ears. "I used to get teased because they were bigger than my head," she told PEOPLE.
  2. The Oxford English Dictionary added "bootylicious" (definition: "Especially of a woman, often with reference to the buttocks: sexually attractive, sexy, shapely") to the dictionary after it gained popularity from the Destiny's Child song Beyoncé wrote to celebrate her curves.
  3. As a child, Beyoncé charged her parents' houseguests $5 each to watch her perform.
  4. The normally reserved singer channels Sasha, her less-inhibited alter ego, while performing. "When I'm onstage [as Sasha], I have the stilettos, the hair, the attitude," Beyoncé told Elle. "I'm fearless and I can say anything."
  5. Though she's written most of her lyrics, Beyoncé Knowles often has trouble remembering them.

Beyoncé Knowles: Biography


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A Standing Ovation

Beyoncé enters her first talent show at age 7. Singing John Lennon's "Imagine," she doesn't just win, she beats 15- and 16-year-olds and receives a standing ovation.

circa 1990

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It's Gyrls Time

With hands-on help from her parents, Beyoncé performs with the girls group Gyrls Tyme, which included future Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. They practice on the deck outside the Knowles home before hitting the talent show circuit in Houston.


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A Father's Gamble for Destiny

Beyoncé's father, Mathew, leaves his six-figure sales job at Xerox to manage the girls full-time, and helps negotiates a deal for them with Columbia Records. They are eventually renamed Destiny's Child and release their self-titled debut in 1998. Their standout single from the album is a remix of "No, No, No," with Wyclef Jean.

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BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Music World Music; WENN

Edited by Julia Wang

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