Beyoncé Was a Salon Hair Sweeper To Pay for Six Flags Tickets

Beyoncé is such a huge star, it’s easy to forget that she wasn’t born into stardom. The truth is, she worked her way up from humble beginnings to where she is currently. In an interview with ESSENCE, Beyoncé opened up about her childhood, and how she once had to sweep a floor to earn extra cash.

Beyoncé performing at a concert
Beyoncé performing with girl group Destiny’s Child | Brian Rasic/Getty Images

Destined for stardom

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is one of the most well-known pop stars in the world. She began her career as a member of Destiny’s Child, but it wasn’t an easy road to follow. There was strife in the group as some members left and others came on board. After a few years, she decided to step out on her own, and start her solo career.

It was clear from the get-go that Beyoncé had what it took to make it on her own. Her first album Dangerously in Love was a huge hit, and many of her fans from Destiny’s Child were eager to follow her solo career. She later branched out into acting and starred in a few movies like the remake of The Pink Panther and Obsessed

Beyoncé got married to Jay-Z, and together the two are a power couple. So far, they have three children, and life seems to be great.

What is Beyoncé’s net worth?

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Given her natural talents combined with her strong work ethic, it’s no surprise that Beyoncé has amassed a fortune. According to Forbes, her current net worth is $420M. If this is not a huge enough achievement, she is also #55 on Forbes list of America’s Self-Made Women.

Rather than spending all this money, Beyoncé gives back by donating to charities. She recently donated her entire Cadillac Records salary to a rehabilitation center for recovering drug addicts. She also donated $4 million to the Phoenix House. 

This is something she began doing when she was a child. Every week, Beyoncé and her siblings would help feed the homeless. As it turns out, there are other childhood lessons that have shaped who she is today.

Beyoncé’s childhood was not as lavish as one would think

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé spent a lot of time with her family. They would go to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where she would eat tons of junk food, and enjoy time with the people she loved most.

In her interview, Beyoncé talked about a pair of pink cowgirl boots she wore that her mother couldn’t pry off her feet. As she got older, she began to work in order to make some extra money.

Beyoncé told ESSENCE,

“I also spent some amazing days at Headliners, the hair salon owned and operated by my mother, Tina Knowles. From 6 to 9 years old, I would sing and put on little shows by myself for the women who wanted a hot press and curl and some good conversation. I helped sweep hair off the floor for tips to pay for my season pass to Six Flags.”

As she got older, and began a career of her own, vacations were quite hard to come by. Beyoncé had all that money, but she didn’t have the time to actually enjoy it. As she got older, she learned the importance of taking care of herself, a lesson she learned from her mother Tina Knowles. 

Over the years, things have gotten easier. Beyoncé has proven herself and has more of a say about what she does, and when she does it. It was a long hard road that isn’t finished by any means, but this star has earned everything she has gotten. Now she can finally enjoy the fruits of her labor.