Money, Power, Respect! Beyoncé Covers Out Magazine May 2014 [Photos]


Well, well, well…look who’s rocking the cover of Out Mag’s 2014 May ‘Power’ Issue! Queen Bey, of course! This is definitely a well deserved honor because Mrs. Carter is certainly killing the game right now. From her ‘surprise’ album that took the music industry by storm and netted ‘Yonce’ her fifth consecutive number one album…to her sold-out worldwide tour, Bey is definitely letting us know that Jay’s wife and Blue Ivy’s mama is still in charge and we’re loving it! Check out a few highlights from her interview below:


On owning her sexuality with her latest 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 allowing herself to be ‘perfectly imperfect’ on some of her latest tracks:

“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. 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 cultivating her extremely personal self-titled fifth album:

“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. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle…But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So 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.”



You can get into the full interview here.

Source: Out Magazine

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