It’s a big milestone for Beyoncé, as the singer—who has reigned over the pop scene for decades—turns 40 today.
In honor of the occasion, fans and fellow celebrities shared their best wishes in a video for BAZAAR.com. In the series of sweet clips, older figures impart their wisdom on what it means to embark on your 40s, and fellow musicians share their own rendition of some of Beyoncé’s most famous songs.
Others personally thanked Beyoncé for inspiring them to take on the entertainment world. “You’ve given me and so many others permission to be free to embrace all that we are,” says Laverne Cox. “You’ve given us a blueprint for excellence: that when we think you can’t surpass yourself, you do.” Kerry Washington adds, “You are such a gift to this world. Thank you for being an inspiration to me, to my kids, to brown skin girls all over the world, to non-brown skin girls all over the world.”
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Beyoncé has radically redefined what it means to be a pop star, inspiring countless other women to take the stage, push boundaries, and level up. If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that our queen is a force to be reckoned with—and deserves only the best as she enters what Washington deems the “best decade” of life.
Scroll up to watch the heartwarming tribute in full. And from BAZAAR.com to our exceptional September cover star: Happy birthday, Queen Bey!
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