Beyonce is a mix of African, French, Native American and Irish ancestry. She told Piers Morgan, "I have kind of broken barriers, and I don't think people think about my race. I think they look at me as an entertainer and a musician, and I am very happy that is changing because that is how I look at people.it's not about color and race." Beyonce was criticized by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in the Daily Mail, who claimed Beyonce was veering away from traditional black beauty values and therefore setting a bad example for young women of color.
As a child, Beyonce enrolled in performing arts schools and later became the lead singer of "Destiny's Child," a best-selling all-girl group.
Beyonce credits Michael Jackson as a major musical influence and idol. She also syas singing to Mariah Carey's song "Vision of Love" influenced her to practice vocal runs as a child. Beyonce has a mezzo-soprano vocal range that spans more than three octaves.
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Beyonce went on to record her own solo albums with two singles reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Her third solo album earned Beyonce six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. A fourth album became her fourth consecutive number one album on the Billboard 200.
Aside from singing and songwriting, Beyonce has appeared in films including "Dreamgirls," which earned her two Golden Globe nominations, "Cadillac Records," and "Carmen: A Hip Hopera." Beyonce has released her own perfume, "Heat," and has her own clothing line, "House of Dereon." She has endorsed brands including Pepsi, Nintendo and L'Oreal.
Regarding her curves, the media often uses the term "Bootylicious" to describe Beyonce. She also has several wax figures of herself at Madame Tussauds Wax Museums around the world.
Beyonce co-founded the Survivor Foundation, a charity set up to provide transitional housing for 2005 Hurricane Katrina victims. She also donated to Phoenix House, as well as other charities.
Beyonce has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. In 2008, Beyonce married hip-hop artist Jay-Z and gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in 2012.
Beyonce told Harpers Bazaar, "It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming the woman I want to be, building my empire, my relationship, and my self-worth, before I became a mother. Now God has blessed us with the ultimate."
Beyonce and her family live in New York City.