I generally have a firm belief that celebrities should not be role models. Honestly, that position should be reserved for family, friends, teachers, and persons whose successes contribute to society in a significant way. I’m equally adamant about my sisters, mom, and girlfriend not buying into pop culture as most of it, I feel, is feigned or duplicitous. Yet these sentiments fly out the window in regards to Beyoncé. Although she may be of the mainstream pop culture, she is anything but artificial. She exemplifies the power of womanhood, and urges women to do the same. Here, you have one of the most beautiful women assuring girls everywhere they are beautiful as well, and imploring a celebration of life and individuality. These 5 songs best highlight Beyoncé, her career, and her persona, capturing the essence of what I’m referring to as well as some of her versatility and dynamic.