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As a spokesmodel for one of the world's largest cosmetics companies, Beyonce is unquestionably alluring. The singer insists it wasn't always that way, however, and as a child she was something of an ugly duckling. "I was very shy and a little awkward - I had really big ears," she reveals.

She was born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, to a salesman father and a mum who ran a beauty salon. From the outset the youngster seems to have known where her future lay and she and a group of friends formed their first band at the age of just nine. "We started dancing in stilettos at 12 years old," reflects the performer. "We couldn't walk in them, but all summer long we practiced and practiced. And by the end, we were doing cartwheels."
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