Posted: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
By Nicole Pomarico
The newest video from Beyonce’s Self-Titled series was released Tuesday, and this time, Queen Bey’s teaching us a lesson about how to lose gracefully — and how losing can be exactly what you need in order to eventually win.
We know what you’re thinking: when has Beyonce ever lost? It’s hard to believe someone so flawless is actually human, but it’s true. And because she suffered huge disappointment when she was young and struggling for her music to be heard, she was able to learn how to fight for what she wants.
In the video, “Imperfection,” Beyonce recalls a performance on Star Search when she was nine years old — and despite the fact that she put everything into that performance and expected it to be the big break that would rocket her to the top, she lost.
“At that time, you don’t realize that you could actually work super hard and give everything you have and lose,” Beyonce says. “It was the best message for me.”
And although Beyonce lost, she still managed to conquer the world, which might not have happened if her group had won.
“The reality of it is, sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose,” Beyonce adds. “You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens, and it happens when it needs to happen, and you need to embrace those things.”
When Beyonce does win, her prizes have always meant a little more to her than just a symbol of winning.
“The trophy represents all of the sacrifices I’ve made as a kid,” she says. “All of the times that I lost. Being on the road and in the studios as a child. And I just want to blow that sh—t up.”
The real prize, though, is knowing that when it’s all over, she gets to come home to her husband, Jay-Z, and her daughter, Blue Ivy.
“I have a lot of awards, and I have a lot of these things that are amazing that I worked my ass off for. I worked harder than probably everybody I know to get those things,” she says. “But nothing feels like my child saying, ‘mommy.’ Nothing feels like when I look my husband in the eyes. Nothing feels like when I’m respected, when I get on the stage and I see I’m changing people’s lives. Those are the things that matter.”