Beyonce is one of the most powerful brands out their and after coming off of a sold out world tour, her present continues to grow. The 'Drunk in Love' singer channels her inner 'Marilyn Monroe' on the May 2014 cover of OUT Magazine.
The cover which was shot by Santiago & Mauricio shows a topless Beyonce embracing liberation. In the issue she talks about the sexuality of her new album, inspiring people with her words, expressing herself and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see her full spread. For more details go to Outmagaine.com.
On the sexuality and confidence of her new album:
"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. 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."
On being whatever you want to be & still sexy:
"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."
On creating the right sound for her album:
"There were days I spent solely on getting the perfect mix of sounds for the snare alone. Discipline, patience, control, truth, risk, and effortlessness were all things I thought about while I was putting this album together."
On the rawness of her album:
"When I recorded 'XO' I was sick with a bad sinus infection. I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I lived with most of the songs for a year and never rerecorded the demo vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time I’d normally spend on backgrounds and vocal production on getting the music perfect."
On the different groups of people that listen to her music:
"While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart."
On inspiring people with her words:
"I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority…We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love."
Credit: Out Magazine