Beyonce Dancer Ashley Everett: The Journey To Body Confidence
Ashley Everett is one of Beyonce’s beyond beautiful dancers who recently etched their names into Black history with their afro-puff and beret-filled Super Bowl Halftime Show–which surprised and thrilled audiences around the world.
But Ashley got the surprise of her life when she was performing this weekend in St. Louis when her boyfriend, to her and everyone else’s surprise (except Beyonce’) came on stage, grabbed the mic from B, and proposed to her in front of tens of thousands.
But the way he did was so smooth. Take a look at the videos below:
And of course, she said “YES!”
But the best part was that right after he proposed, she composed herself enough to finish the choreography for “Single Ladies”.
Probably one of the most nervous and stressful nights for her soon-to-be husband and her, Ashley is no stranger to the stresses of maintaining what the entertainment industry perceives to be the perfect body.
On tours, night after night, she performs next to the flawless Queen King herself. It’s obviously expected that Everett and the other dancers look as immaculate as Bey in their matching leotards
But it’s really all about inner-confidence, Everett says, because everyone’s body is different. It’s an undying self-love and confidence that keeps her going despite any antiquated industry standards such as having an hourglass figure.
“Sometimes, you’re not dark enough. Sometimes, you’re not light enough. You’re not skinny enough,” Everett tells BlackDoctor.org, recalling her experiences as a dancer. “I’ve learned how to feel confident in my own skin.”
The 26-year-old has dealt with societal ideals about body image since she was a young girl. Born in northern California, Everett always knew she wanted to be a dancer. She grew up doing ballet, which, she says, is super, strict about weight.
“They [ballet instructors] will ask you to drop weight so quick it’s not even funny,” Everett says. “They just expect you to be a twig.”
At 16, she moved to New York to pursue her dreams as a professional dancer. She auditioned with Beyoncé at 17, and the rest is history.
To maintain her figure nowadays, she challenges her body with crossfit, yoga, hiking, stretching and karate classes or outdoor beach workouts when her schedule is free of four- to 14-hour rehearsal days. This variety in exercise is beneficial even as a professional dancer, she says, because muscles can quickly get use to a routine and hit a plateau.