Being Beyoncé: Is it All in Diet and Exercise?

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Hey, little girls, don't you want to be just like Beyonce?
I love me some Beyoncé. Her video for "Single Ladies" is mesmerizing. Kanye was right -- it should have won Female Video of the Year (even though it went on to win Video of the Year). Beyoncé has this ease in her style -- she's like Sporty Spice the Exotic Dancer. I wish she and Jay Z would adopt me. Maybe they'd teach me how to dance and in between our grueling workout sessions we'd all sit courtside at Knicks games and share popcorn.

So, Beyoncé has a new video that was released Tuesday.

Once again, she's fabu-licious. She runs out to center stage ablaze with her hair bouncing everywhere in these amazing curls. Wearing knee-high green socks (I pray this solidifies a knee-high sock revival), she shows off her long legs and accentuates the curves in her thighs that lie above those socks and below her tiny blue jean shorts. Her billowy white shirt made me wonder if she had anything on underneath it -- a bare shoulder suggests not. But, she's dancing around so much it's hard to tell. She mimics jumping rope and high-knees...with high heels on. If I attempted to run across the room doing high-knees in heels, just before I broke both my ankles, the heels would explode under the pressure.

But back to Beyoncé. As usual, she works her curves in a way that gives all us "big boned" girls hope. She does this really cute move where she's like, left shoulder dip, right shoulder dip, swings her left arm around her head, then flashes this sly grin at the camera. Oy vey.

Oh, did I mention that this video was made for middle-school kids? Yep. It's called the "Let's Move! Flash Workout," which is part of an initiative to advocate healthier lifestyles for youngsters. And even better, it will be shown in middle schools across the nation next week as part of a "dance in."

The video is shot in a busy school cafeteria where kids are eating vegetables, laughing and having fun, until two kids spontaneously start dancing. Then, Beyoncé runs out from what might be the kitchen and everyone joins in.

On May 3, girls who want to double-down on their self-loathing for a day can gather around television at school with their BFFs, haters and heartthrobs to watch Beyoncé work it in the name of a healthy living. Because trying to match her moves will make you feel better about yourself, right? And I thought being a tweener these days was hard enough. Silly me! We're going to raise the bar, kiddos. Let's see if even on the best day of your life you can work a cafeteria like Beyoncé does.

An instructional video of the "Flash Workout" routine will be sent to schools in advance of the "dance in," so kids can learn the moves. It's also available at schooltube.com. (Or see below.)

This instructional video is actually great and well done. Six different teenage dancers and choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. go through all the moves in eight sequences. More important, everyone is dressed to workout, not to hit a club.

As much as I like Beyoncé, I'm a bit conflicted about the "Let's Move!" video. I realize her intentions are in the right place. But the marked difference in how I view the video versus how a fragile (maybe chubby) 12-year-old girl will, is that I'm a grown woman with the gift of time and a sense of humor to now appreciate my awkward phase during middle school.

If the goal of the video campaign is to encourage kids to 1) make good nutrition choices and 2) get up and move, then great! I hope it works. Now, let's suppose Beyoncé had pulled her hair back, sported Asics instead of high heels and worn realistic workout attire. Then would the delivery of a message to tweeners about making healthy choices in itself been healthier? Possibly.

No, scratch that. Probably.


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Dallas Texas
Dallas Texas

The video is very tame and appropriate. They have to be young and fun to relate to kids these days. I went to a dance competition for my 15yr old niece two weeks ago and they were doing 10x more provocative moves and wearing more provocative outfits. These were girls from 8-17yrs old. I was shocked. This is tame and tasteful comparatively. You are out of touch with children today. This dance competition was sponsored by a very nice school district also....Beyonce is a great role model for being healthy and most importantly confident with who you are.

just sayin'
just sayin'

Beyonce has legs that look like tree trunks, fake tits, and a blonde weave. Thats hardly an unattainable look.

Bubba
Bubba

Huh? is DISD going to particpate? No wonder America is failing in all aspects academic; but reigning in all categories of indecency (teen pregnancies, STDs, teen violence, yada yada).

Jane
Jane

Oh Mike, did you even read the article? I'm assuming you just haven't ever been a middle school girl. The author celebrates all the yumminess that is Beyonce (yes, a grown woman just wrote that) and her effort to get kids to be healthy. She also points out how this video (and Beyonce's choice of workout attire) as an unrealistic goal for young girls to attain. Just getting through middle school is hard enough without having to look sexy while working out in heels! Interesting topic and well-written article!

getitbey
getitbey

this is ridiculous. people always find ways to say beyonce is being 'too good looking'. shes not gonna dress up as a friggin granny cause kids can't relate to that either. she looks healthy and natural. shes encouraging kids to dance , and kids love to look fly when they go and jam, so why shouldnt beyonce? the vid is encouraging, fun, and HELL YES it makes me and the person next to me wanna MOVE. so there you go. stop taking everything so damn seriously. and beyonce always dances in heels. in the studio and on stage. think what you want about it, but she was just being honest about her normal workout routine attire.

Gyrly
Gyrly

I love this article. It was funny as he$@#. You're a good writer. I love the video. Middle Schooler's today are a lot smart, wiser, edgier, and are use to images like this. This will motivate some of them to exercise. I just hope not in high heels like Beyonce. She looks great. I think it's important for girls that age to see someone like Beyonce who is big boned, dancing, looking great, and not trying to fit a size Zero. I wish I had women with this body type in the media when I was that age.

Mike
Mike

What was the point of this post? You should be happy being yourself rather than idolizing a celebrity, I am surprised a grown woman wrote this. I saw the vid and while I am happy Obama is doing something about child obesity I don't think him or his wife should get any closer to beyonce since she proved she would perform for a dictator if the price was right. Right now she has an album to promote proving that once again it's all about business. The timing is telling and looks cheap to me.

Gyrly
Gyrly

@ Just Sayin' Are you sure you're not talking about Britney Spears! "legs that look like tree trunks, fake tits, and a blonde weave" Add 2 kids by a loser, crazy train, drugs, lip syncing and you've got a winner! No thanks, I'll take normal Beyonce. Beyonce is not stick thin nor should she be. Stick thin size zero women are not in. Say hello to reality: Britney, Pink, or Katy Perry or Rihanna, Adelle, . These young girls need to see healthy women.

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