After being teased with leaked photos from Beyoncé’s February 2013 GQ spread, we finally get a chance to see the real thing. Blue Ivy’s mom looks fierce and sexy in the magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century issue, rocking sporty crop tops and panties while revealing a post baby bod that would make anyone run to their nearest Planet Fitness.
Inside, the 30 year old diva talks candidly about performing, song writing, her upcoming album (which she has already recorded fifty songs for), working with Justin Timberlake, and being able to do whatever she wants…
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.
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On how her life is similar to an athlete’s:
One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete. 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 how performing gives her life:
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… She means this in a good way: When her brain turns off, it is, frankly, a relief. After drilling herself, repeating every move so many times, locking them in, she can then afford not to think… It’s like a blackout. When I’m onstage, I don’t know what the crap happens. I am gone.
Solange on her sister’s perfectionist ways:
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.
On her collaborators:
I’ve been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and Dream. We all started in the ’90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us.
I used to start with lyrics and then I’d find tracks—often it was something I had in my head, and it just so happened to go with the melody. Now I write with other writers. It starts with the title or the concept of what I’m trying to say, and then I’ll go into the booth and sing my idea. Then we work together to layer on.
On the album’s influences:
Mostly R&B. I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences. There’s a bit of D’Angelo, some ’60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross.
On her inspirations:
Even the silliest little thing that you hear on the radio, it comes from something deeper. ‘Bootylicious’ was funny, but it came from people saying that I had gained weight and me being like, ‘I’m a southern woman, and this is how southern women are.’ My motivation is always to express something or to heal from something or to laugh and rejoice about something.
During their interview, GQ was able to get a sneak peek of Bey’s upcoming HBO documentary. Below are a few quotes from the documentary (as reported by GQ)…
Talking to herself:
Stop pretending that I have it all together. If I’m scared, be scared, allow it, release it, move on. I think I need to go listen to ‘Make Love to Me’ and make love to my husband.
Channeling her anger in order to perform:
I used to like when people made me mad, “I’m like, ‘Please piss me off before the performance.’ I used to use everything.
Beyonce on the inequalities of money between men and women:
You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?” she says in her film, which begins with her 2011 decision to sever her business relationship with her father. “I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.