Perhaps the most intriguing bit of the interview, however, comes when she’s asked how her friends would describe her. “They’d say I’m laid-back and calm — and kind of motherly,” she says. Not surprising. But here’s the kicker: “I can be goofy and silly, but I don’t really laugh at myself.” I cannot recall ever, ever hearing a celebrity say she (or he) doesn’t laugh at herself. It’s always, “Oh, I don’t take myself too seriously,” or “You’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself!” But when you think about Beyoncé’s position at that time — she had just one solo album under her belt, and her latest acting gig was The Pink Panther — she still had a lot to prove.
The interviewer called her “a pop princess,” but there was absolutely no mention of “The Queen,” or my personal favorite moniker, “King B.” She needed to be taken seriously because she wasn’t yet on top, and leading by example was the perfect way to do that. Beyoncé herself may not have been flawless yet, but her path to today’s “Bow down, bitches” definitely was.