Will the real Becky please step forward?
Speculation about the identity of "Becky with the good hair" from Beyoncé's LEMONADE has dominated our imaginations ever since the pop icon dropped her groundbreaking visual album, and several possible suspects (Rachel Roy, Rita Ora) have clapped back at speculation that they could be the one. Now, though, one woman is coming forward to declare, "I am Becky with the good hair."
One guess who the brave female might be. Give up? Turn your attention to none other than Karrine 'Superhead' Steffans, who penned an essay for xoJane about the Becky phenomenon.
Now, before the BeyHive gets into attack mode, Karrine makes it clear she is referring to herself as a general Becky — a Becky archetype, if you will — and that her relationship with Jay Z predates his marriage to Beyoncé.
"Over 15 years ago, I had Beyoncé’s husband," she says provocatively. "Yes, I was one of Jay Z’s Beckys back in the year 2000 for about three minutes, which is about as long it takes me to satisfy a man in the back of a Maybach while overlooking the beaches of Malibu. This was pre-Yoncé, of course, but the fact is that a Becky is a Becky, and I was the Becky for many men, and they were all my salvation and my destitution. They were my reason and my rationale, my life and my death, and eventually, my fame and my infamy."
She goes on to say that, these days, she's a Beyoncé (follow the logic for a second before your Twitter fingers kick in) because she was married to a man who cheated on her — Columbus Short. “I resonated with how she felt as a woman who was promised forever and faithfulness only to have these notions dashed by a woman, or women — by ‘Becky with the good hair,'" she writes.
Karrine says LEMONADE spoke to her in a special way because she's been on both sides. "I witnessed as she went through the same stages I’ve gone through and am still traversing through as a wife, and the stages I have contributed to as a Becky," she says. "Until LEMONADE, I thought these two women were mutually exclusive but quickly realized they are not and are, in fact, often the same woman."
While it's very true that Karrine has a unique perspective to offer on the Becky parable, she also definitely seems thirsty for that LEMONADE attention.
See the origin of Karrine and Columbus' unexpected relationship with BET Breaks, below: