Do our eyes deceive us? Is that Marilyn Monroe reincarnated? Nope, it’s the Queen Bee in all her glory, donning a white wig à la Monroe on the cover of Out’s Power Issue, and guys, she looks amazing. The 32-year-old singer not only gets topless for her first magazine cover since she dropped her visual album, but she gets candid about the recording process and her sexuality.
In case you’ve been MIA for the past few months, Beyoncé has been making waves (enter surfboard pun here) ever since her surprise visual album dropped on that blessed day in December. According to Out, within just three days, the album became the fastest selling album ever in the iTunes store with 828,773 digital copies sold. Now, that’s the power of Bey.
In the issue, which hits newsstands April 22, the “Drunk in Love” singer talks about recording, which she says was “much freer than anything I’d done in the past. We really just tried to trust our instincts, embrace the moment, and keep it fun.” The end result? Fourteen brand news songs and 17 music videos, which gave a new meaning to the word “surfboard” and had women everywhere preaching “I woke up like this.”
Bey’s flawlessness also gave way to her sexually charged persona, which she says has always been there, just underneath the surface. She hopes her new work has allowed women to open up about their sexuality.
“I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation.There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy,” Beyoncé explains.
“The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist — whatever you want to be — and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.” Preach on, Bey. We’re listening.
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