Wed 10 Jul 2013
Beyoncé strips down and glitters up on the cover of Flaunt magazine’s Context Issue. In the cover story, Mrs. Carter also opens up about being viewed as a gay icon, the criticism surrounding her Pepsi deal, what bores her and more. The issue hits newsstands tomorrow (July 11).
Gay men are drawn to you and empowered by you, as they have been to “gay icons” Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Madonna. What is it about you, and those women, that gay men love?
I’m flattered if I’m in the company of those great women. I think they love that we are bold, unafraid to love, and flaunt our sexuality and strength.
Check out more photos from Beyoncé’s cover shoot, as well as highlights from her interview, after the jump…
Some were critical at your participating in a Pepsi campaign after you moved your body for childhood obesity. Where is the balance between your career objectives and your philanthropy?
Pepsi is a brand I’ve grown up seeing my heroes collaborate with. The company respects musicians and artistry. I wouldn’t encourage any person, especially a child, to live life without balance. When you work out, take care of your body, rehearse as hard as I rehearsed in the commercial, I think it’s great to have a Pepsi or Diet Pepsi when you want one. It’s all about choices.
You have always carefully sculpted your image and controlled public access to your off-stage life. Is there anything to envy about stars who don’t care about safeguarding their private lives?
I have chosen to keep certain aspects of my life private. But I also love sharing what makes me happy, especially through photography.
What famous piece of architecture might you most like to do some necking in?
The Louvre, or under the Arc de Triomphe. Paris is a beautiful, sexy city.
A picnic planner is hoping to get lucky with his/her picnic companion. What’s in the picnic basket?
A cozy blanket, red wine, fruit, ’90s R&B playing on my iPod. I don’t think you need much else.
One piece of clothing you own that you absolutely couldn’t live without?
A white T-shirt.
What’s boring to you?
Lack of creativity.