Cover image: “Pretty Hurts” by Antone
We couldn’t help ourselves. 4U Mag had to pay homage to the Queen on the anniversary of the release of her E P I C self-titled album Beyoncé. Come on, who doesn’t still freak out when “Drunk in Love” comes on and wait ’til just the right moment to shout from the top of their lungs, “SURFBOARDT”? This album taught us way more than the fact that pretty hurts. We learned that being vulnerable and taking risks is a part of being an artist. Fuck, it’s a part of being alive. We learned that being an out and proud feminist is not only sexy, but vital. The album marked the end of Bey’s transition from Destiny’s Child into a pop mega star, mother, wife and bad ass bitch. We’ve all had a year to reflect on its genius. So obvs, 4U had to invite some of our fave artists and contributors to curate fan fiction, videos and photo shoots in celebration — and loving criticism — of Bey. We here at 4U Mag are grown women, and we can do whatever we want. Enjoy.