Since March is Women’s History Month, here is a round up of female celebrity documentaries that explore the lives of well-loved women in the music industry.
Both icons on and off the stage, these five celebrities opened up in their documentaries about life in and out of the spotlight and how it has impacted their personal lives, mental health, and more.
Taylor Swift’s Netflix documentary about her songwriting, her mental health, and her relationship with the media and politics emphasized the many ways in which the singer is dedicated to her craft and herself. In Miss Americana Taylor gets honest about her struggles with negative comments and how they have shaped her self image and her desire to just make music for her fans.
during the miss americana doc there’s the one scene where she’s worried lover would be the last pop album people would consume of hers because the industry shuts women out once their 30 and throws them in the graveyard… anyways i just want to give 2019 taylor a hug and show this https://t.co/nYI2QYBVmB
— amrutha (@santaclaraswift) October 25, 2022
Gaga: Five Foot Two
It’s no secret that Lady Gaga’s Netflix documentary is a masterpiece, which is why it won Best Music Documentary at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Detailing her relationships her music, and her preparation to perform at the Super Bowl, Five Foot Two is an inside look into the life of a woman who has been a huge part of the music industry since her first hit “Just Dance,” in 2008.
finally got around to watching gaga five foot two. @ladygaga i love you more than words can say❤️
— jack 🌑 (@jackalrry) February 26, 2023
Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me
In her honest documentary on Apple TV, Selena Gomez explores her mental health and the impact it has had on her life and her career. With good and bad moments, My Mind & Me spotlights the star’s desire to go into philanthropy and her love of her acting and singing work despite the negative drawbacks of being in the public eye.
if u guys haven’t watched the Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, then watch it. i know that during her lupus days even though i haven’t watched the documentary last year, she already suffers so much. that’s y after watching it, I’m so proud to her that she managed to survive all if it.
— strawberry🦋 (@itshannahbell) February 25, 2023
Beyonce’s Coachella performance documentary on Netflix is a celebration of her talent, music, and the incredible HBCU alums who made it possible. Her iconic Beychella set interspersed with clips of the making of the performance, highlights all her hard work and dedication to her craft and the people she shares the stage with.
I rewatch Beyoncé’s homecoming every other month n each time I’m in awe
— TinaSnow (@dinaalsameena) February 22, 2023
Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
Following Billie Eilish’s making of When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go, the Apple TV+ documentary shows the life of the star making music in her bedroom with her brother. For such a young musician, it’s captivating to see her song writing process with her brother and her commitment to her fans and the work she does.
Rewatching THE WORLD’S A LITTLE BLURRY and I love the exchange where Billie is being fitted with her black goo eye contraption thing for “when the party’s over” and the makeup lady is like “you’re a fucking trouper for agreeing to this” and Billie’s like “it was my idea”
— Sydney Urbanek 🍒 (@sydurbanek) December 1, 2021
Some honorable mentions include Blackpink’s Netflix documentary, Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, Taylor Swift’s Disney+ special Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, and Janet Jackson’s Janet on Hulu.