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Beyonce becomes Rosie the Riveter

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When it comes to social media, Beyonce is a woman of few words - she lets her pictures do the talking.

In a powerful affirmation of her feminist credentials, the singer has posted an image of herself dressed as Rosie the Riveter on Instagram, attracting a staggering 1.14 million ❤s from fans.

Wearing a denim shirt, red bandana and defiant expression, she recreates the feminist icon's famous 'flexed muscle' pose under Rosie's "We Can Do It" slogan, at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

As usual for the Drunk in Love star, there was no caption to accompany the image, but it does come as a Women Against Feminism movement is gaining traction.

The Tumblr posts selfies of women holding up signs that detail why they don't consider themselves as feminist.

Despite widespread criticism and accusations that many of its participants are misrepresenting the true nature of feminism, the group has attracted more than 11,000 Facebook likes.

Last year Beyonce came under scrutiny for saying that the word feminist "can be very extreme" but she has fully embraced feminism in 2014, publishing a forthright pro-feminist essay in January that stated: "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality ... It isn’t a reality yet.

"Today, women make up half of the US workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes."

Rosie the Riveter represents US World War II female factory workers who replaced the men who were sent to fight

Who was Rosie the Riveter?

  • A fictitious World War II figure-turned feminist icon
  • Nicknamed Rosie the Riveter after a 1942 song of the same name about a dedicated factory worker
  • The woman in the poster was modeled on Michigan factory worker Geraldine Doyle
  • 'Rosie' may have been inspired by Canada's Veronica Foster who starred in a 1941 campaign to encourage women to join the war effort
  • By 1945, more than 18 million women had joined the workforce

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