Topless Beyonce Covers 'Out' Magazine's Power Issue

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Beyonce on the cover of 'Out.'
Photo: Out Magazine

Ring the alarm. Beyonce is not only topless on her first magazine cover of 2014, Out, she’s also platinum with a bob à la Marilyn Monroe. We’ve seen a lot of different Beyonces over the years—case in point: We saw 17 of them just over the course of her visual album—but this is an entirely new look for Queen B.

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Beyonce for 'Out.'
Photo: Out Magazine

Inside the magazine, we get a look at Beyonce’s revealing cover outfit: just two body chains and two tiny necklaces. But then again, those necklaces likely cost more than our clothes budget for the year, so you do you, Bey. Since she was in the midst of her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour during the shoot, she was probably pressed for time and needed quick outfits to wear. (I mean, she didn’t even have enough time to sit down with the writer for a face-to-face interview—they emailed.) To be fair, though, Bey does make a great case for an all-white suit when she pops up in a beaded eyelet tuxedo in another shot.

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Beyonce for 'Out.'
Photo: Out Magazine

True to the magazine’s title, Out got Beyonce to open up about the making of her visual album and its political undertones. This is how flawless Beyonce is: She recorded “XO,” the lead single, with a sinus infection and used her demo vocals in the final version. WHAT. Bey also discussed writing her lyrics and how she wanted them to be personal and heartfelt—if they opened up a discussion about gender equality and oppression, even better.

She writes, “I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. 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.” Amen.

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