Beyonce is back and has staged a takeover of ELLE Magazine!
Queen Bey has taken residence a-front of all issues of the publication’s January 2020 edition – US, UK, Canada, and beyond.
The spread, lensed by longtime friend Melina Matsoukas, arrives in tandem with the announcement of Ivy Park x Adidas‘ release date.
Beyond rocking the line, music’s reigning royal took part in a unique interview comprised of social media questions.
And no, it’s not comprised of generic “what are your favorite color” probes.
Instead, she seizes the feature to waxe honest about motherhood, miscarriages, private hardships, weight, and pregnancy rumors. She also touches on promo and the whereabouts of some of your favorite tour DVDs.
Head below for pics and quotes….
Q: I connected with Lemonade and I almost passed out when I saw Homecoming. You brought it and made me want to stand up and scream your name!! What’s up with the people who give out the awards? Were you disappointed not winning? Because, you know, you already won with me – via Instagram
BEYONCÉ: 🙏🏾 I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn’t know I needed. Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift. Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else. Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper. I died and was reborn in my relationship, and the quest for self became even stronger. It’s difficult for me to go backwards. Being ‘number one’ was no longer my priority. My true win is creating art and a legacy that will live far beyond me. That’s fulfilling.
Q: Where Is The Formation Tour DVD?Years ago, I asked Prince to record my rehearsal with him for our Grammys performance. He said, ‘You don’t need to record that. You own that in your mind.’ Haaaaaaa! Prince always knew best! So, you can always watch the Formation World Tour in your mind; you own that! 🤪
Q: What is your work process like? Where do you start? Where do you get your ideas? – via email
BEYONCÉ: With new projects, I get my team together for a prayer. I make sure we are all clear on the intention and what the deeper meaning is. I do my best, and I try to push everyone around me to do the same. I eventually give everything I have. When it’s released to the world, I let it go because it is no longer mine.
Q: After 25 years in the game, how do you not lose yourself? – via email
BEYONCÉ: The predictable rock star DNA is a myth. I believe you don’t have to accept dysfunction to be successful. This is not to say that I have not struggled. I have the same pain that life brings to everyone else. I try to shift the stigma that says with fame there has to be drama. It is how you relate to your hardships and use that to evolve. And I try to keep real ones around me.
WHAT QUESTION DO YOU HATE TO ANSWER?
‘Are you pregnant?’
Get off my ovaries!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WORD? LEAST FAVOURITE?
Least favourite: Promotion. HA!!!