You know? I don’t see what the big deal is with Beyoncé. I mean, really. What are we looking at here? Yeah, she’s got abs of steel, and no stretch marks, the thighs of my dreams, the perkiest boobs on the planet, and a crazy awesome weave that allows her to do all sorts of fun ish with her hair or whatever. I mean, I guess that’s attractive… if you’re into that sort of thing. Which I am, lol! Yesterday GQ Magazine released their February cover photo, featuring Queen Bey (and her glorious underboob… and hilariously photoshopped non-kissing thighs), and today we’ve got some more images and a few excerpts from the cover story. Mila Kunis and Miranda Kerr had a good year in sexy, and apparently Beyoncé/Beyoncé‘s body is having the best century ever! Click inside for more!
Beyoncé on her work ethic: “I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.”
…on her upcoming Super Bowl performance: “One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete,” she says now. “You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.”
…on her power: “I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”
…on her work: “I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it. Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost.”
Solange Knowles on her sister’s pursuit of perfection: “I have very, very early‑on memories of her rehearsing on her own in her room. I specifically remember her taking a line out of a song or a routine and just doing it over and over and over again until it was perfect and it was strong. At age 10, when everybody else was ready to say, ‘Okay, I’m tired, let’s take a break,’ she wanted to continue—to ace it and overcome it.”
You can go here to see the rest of the images from the shoot, all shot by Terry Richardson.
Again, I say What’s the big deal?! If I had a thousand dollar weave, and those Dolce & Gabbana panties and Versace heels in that first pic, and a personal trainer, and used my Olay cleanser every day and night like I’m supposed to, and got some amazing bronzer… yeah, NO. I still wouldn’t be this woman! LMAO! I mean, people can hate if they want (and I’ve done my fair share), but Beyoncé‘s work ethic alone kinda makes her the hottest woman of the century.
A lot of y’all have brought up the photo shop issue, and it’s definitely an issue. But these magazines aren’t about promoting real-life images of typical women. It is sad that young women (and plenty of adult women) are influenced by images like this, but I agree with readers who commented on the horrific Cutting For Bieber story that parents are primarily responsible for raising children who do not worship celebrities, and who love themselves. I love this photo shoot and I also know that this isn’t what Bey looks like first thing in the morning– although I believe she’s still very pretty, sans make-up and photoshop. Hopefully her fans will come to know the same thing.
And let’s be real! Photoshop can do a lot, but it can only do so much. I gotta give credit where credit is due– Beyoncé LOOKS like the hottest woman of the century and I’m glad to see a presumably healthy, grown woman wearing that crown. It’s not the most important crown by far, but it’s fun to see her getting some props.
[Photo Credits: Terry Richardson/GQ]