Sooner or later, every diva wants to channel Marilyn Monroe, so now add Beyoncé to the list.
She’s on the cover of Out magazine’s May issue, looking remarkably Marilyn-like with the help of blond hair (presumably a wig) and an ecstatic look on her face.
Inside, under the headline “Beyoncé Liberated,” the cover story features Bey facing the camera, nude from the waist up, her hands cupping her breasts, rings on her fingers, and strings of what look like pearls crossing her chest.
The “world’s most powerful musician,” Out calls her.
Out, the magazine that covers gay fashion and lifestyle, touts the piece as Beyoncé’s first interview since she stunned all by quietly releasing her fifth album, BEYONCÉ, online in December.
“OUT was given unprecedented access to Parkwood Entertainment, the inner sanctum of diverse and devoted team members at the heart of Brand Beyoncé,” the magazine brags.
Inside, Beyoncé talks about how her music is sexually liberating, how the double standard still exists, and that women should “own” their sexuality.
“The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims,” she says. “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.”
She’s also happy that her lyrics are considered liberating by many, including gays and lesbians. Being a woman in a male-dominated society, she claims the feminist mantle.
“But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man,” she says. “So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority. … 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.”
She was nervous, and super busy, as the release of the album neared, she confesses.
“I was recording, shooting videos, and performing on the tour every night, all at the same time,” she says. “At some point I felt like, What am I doing? Is this too ambitious? Even the day the record was to be released I was scared to death. But I also knew if I was that scared, something big was about to happen.”
And why does her voice sound so raw on XO? Bad sinus infection when she recorded it. “I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos,” she says.
The magazine is on newsstands on April 22.