Beyonce covers Harper’s Bazaar photographed by Terry Richardson. It’s an odd shoot. The styling’s pretty great, as is the hair and make-up. However, the poses are samey. She’s working about two poses across over half-a-dozen photos. It’s like she had a stiff neck and she refused to move until she worked it out. And maybe she had backache too.
She looks great in the shoot, thin… very thin. She was pregnant during her interview, as she was during the Billboard Awards and Glastonbury (she says… IDK). But she must have been weeks along, embargoing the information until the issue came out – this is where lead times of magazines fall down. She’s asked about her tedious, repetitive VMA reveal. And she’s asked her due date, February. But yet it’s not clear when the interview took place.
Well, she’s asked some vague questions to which she gives GOOPY/ BOOPY preachy answers.
On her tedious, contrived baby announcement: “I put a lot of thought into how I wanted to unveil it. It was important to me that I was able to do it myself,” Beyoncé explains. “I was extremely nervous. It was the toughest red carpet I ever did. I didn’t want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news, so I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump. I felt it was more powerful to see the love and enthusiasm as opposed to saying anything.”
On wanting to shill maternity clothes: “All I see now are clothes that are flattering on a pregnant woman,” she says. “It’s been so exciting for me! I love figuring out designs that still make me feel edgy and sexy while pregnant. Flowy fabrics are always flattering, but I still rock my stilettos.”
On how she was pregnant and no one knew: “I’ve had so much fun with fashion over the months,”’ she adds. “I have been pregnant through every event I’ve done, from the Billboard Awards to Glastonbury.”
On her relationship with Jay-Z: “We have been together since I was 20 years old,” she says. “We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married. I admire his ability to inspire others. To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay’s music has helped define our generation. All that he has overcome and worked to achieve gives millions hope that they can become whatever they want to be.”
On why she loves Jay-Z: “I respect him so much; he is a great man and a great artist… We focused three years on our marriage and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want. The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities. There’s someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.”
On giving no f**ks: “I am finally at the stage in my life where I am not so concerned with other people’s opinions about my life decisions,” she says. “It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.”
On her latest BOOP edict: “It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming the woman I want to be, building my empire, my relationship, and my self-worth, before I became a mother,” she says. “Now God has blessed us with the ultimate.” - via Harper’s Bazaar.