Happy birthday to Beyoncé! The Grammy-winning artist has turned 37, and she has achieved a lot. Not only has she sold millions of records, she has smashed boundaries in pop culture and inspired so many of us to embrace and love ourselves.
From donating her jewellery to a museum, to granting hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships for students at historically-black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and helping to make history with Tyler Mitchell's Vogue US cover, there are countless reasons why Beyoncé could be called an icon.
On her birthday, here are some words of wisdom she has shared over the years.
"If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow"
"Power means happiness; power means hardwork and sacrifice"
"In my videos, I always want to be a powerful woman. That's my mission"
"My focus is my art, and that's what I love to do"
"I've turned down many things that I just didn't believe in"
"We all need those empowering songs to remind us"
"When you love and accept yourself, you stop caring about what people who don't know you think"
Keep slaying, Queen Bey