So a question I’m asked on a near enough daily basis, is ‘Do you prefer Fergie or Beyonce?’ I think meant as a general statement. So I’m going to do a pointless little blog to address this question once and for all.
The choice between Fergie and Beyonce, for me, is like asking ‘Do you prefer a Spaghetti Bolognase or a Chocolate Fudge Cake?’ They are so incredibly different (vocally, personality wise, looks wise… in every way) but so brilliant in their OWN ways, that it almost doesn’t feel like a choice.
When I was around 10/11ish, I discovered Fergie in the Black Eyed Peas and fell in love straight up. That was nearly 10 years ago now. Fergie has been a HUGE part of my life for as long as I can remember really. When I saw her for the first time in May 2010, (yes, I had to wait THAT long) it felt like a piece of my life had been completed. That a long, WAY overdue task could be checked off my list. It was a relief, and a blessing, and something that still makes my eyes water when I think over it.
I discovered how truly in love I was with Beyonce, in October 2008. I was very late (though I’d always seen what a talent she was) but something was SO special and unique that the love was instant. I first saw Beyonce in June 2009, and the feeling was completely different. I’d only been supporting Beyonce with such an intensity for about 8 months, so it wasn’t so much a ‘relief’… however it WAS a blessing, and something that also makes my eyes water when I think back to it. It was a beautiful and unforgetable night, and something that I’ll remember into ripe old age.
Their personalities, their dance styles, their vocal range and their looks are just so unlike each other’s. Beyonce- she’s very fast becoming an icon and is someone that is so special that even my grandma worships her. Fergie, however, is MY Fergie. She’s such a special young woman, and the things she’s overcome most people never manage to. The respect and admiriation I have for both of them, though very different, is just as intense as each other.
They’ve both, in a sense, heavily impacted my life. Back in 2007, I suffered eating disorders so heavily that I wondered how long I had left, but Fergie, unbeknown to her, was there through it all. Her music, her sweet little interviews, her killer performances, all of it inspired me and helped me to soldier on regardless of anything else. And in a way, she was a huge part of me overcoming all that I did.
But in 2009, my mum fell so ill that some nights I would just want to crawl into a hole and never wake up, but Beyonce was there through every night of that, her soothing voice bringing a smile to each day, giving me purpose, building me back up and helping me to strengthen.
For those reasons, I love both of those beautiful women more than words can say. On a personal level. On an inspirational level. I adore them.
So, in answer to everyone out there wondering who it is that I prefer, here is your answer:
It’s not about the length of time you love and admire a celebrity, it’s not about who can sing better, or who is more respected within the media- it’s about how you feel in your heart, and the way that they personally impact YOUR life. And both Stacy Ann Ferguson, and Beyonce Giselle Knowles, have changed and helped my life. And I love them BOTH, with all that I have.
I love them♥