They spelled “SUPERPOWER” wrong, but otherwise Bey’s cover is perfect.
A moment of silence for the BeyHive, please, for each and every one of its devoted members is surely hospitalized in a coma right now. The culprit? Beyoncé’s beyond-flawless, Marilyn Monroe-channeling cover for Out magazine’s May 2014 Power Issue, which made us “YAAAS!” so hard, we nearly hacked a lung.
In the accompanying story, “Beyoncé Liberated,” the mag’s editor in chief, Aaron Hicklin, was granted unheard-of access to the closely guarded core of Bey’s Parkwood Entertainment. Sure, he only corresponded directly with the “Partition” singer over email, but, um, how many emails have you exchanged with Beyoncé? That’s right.
From Bey dropping feminist truth-bombs left and right to her scaling a f***ing pyramid, there are so many #PRAISE-worthy bits peppered throughout the cover story. We had, like, the hardest time ever narrowing it down to only the 10 most life-giving quotes, but here we go.
1.) Beyoncé still flawless, water still wet
“…For those who work closest to her, Beyoncé is, quite literally, flawless. Again and again you will hear that she is the hardest-working person in showbiz, the most demanding of herself, the least complacent.”
2.) NBD, Beyoncé scaled a pyramid.
“In Egypt, [Ed Burke] and Beyoncé scaled a pyramid together as the rest of their group gave up or fell back. ’She looked like Mother Teresa, wearing this white dress and a head wrap, and when we got to the top she sang Donny Hathaway’s ’A Song for You.'”
3.) Bey’s inner sanctum
“That sanctum is hidden in a nondescript Midtown office block in New York, high enough to have good views of the city, and a short walk from Macy’s… [The] most visible sign of Beyoncé are the 17 Grammys that line one end of the conference room.”
4.) A date that will live in YAAAS.
“’I really feel that 20 years from now — 50 years from now — people will remember December 13, 2013,’ [publicist Yvette] Noel-Schure says. ’People are going to remember because it will have shifted the way business is done in the record industry.'”
5.) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie would be proud.
“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,” Bey says. “There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy.”
6.) Beyoncé recorded “XO” while sick?!
“When I recorded ’XO’ I was sick with a bad sinus infection,” Beyoncé reveals. “I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals… I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos.”
7.) More Third Ward Trill-wave feminism
“The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. 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.”
8.) LeToya, LaTavia, and Farrah could not be reached for comment.
“They call me the fourth member of Destiny’s Child,” says first-cousin and VP of Parkwood operations, Angie Beyince. “I’m like the original diva.”
9.) MOAR ***FLAWLESS INTERSECTIONAL FEMINISM
“Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle,” Beyoncé says. “But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man.
“So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority… We are all the same and 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.”
10.) Bey questioned her ambition? WUT.
“At some point I felt like, What am I doing?” Bey shares. “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.”