Beyoncé Covers Out Magazine’s Power Issue, Talks Sexual Liberation

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She is one music’s most powerful women so who better to cover of Out magazine’s annual May Power Issue than Beyoncé? 

Beyoncé is channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe on the cover of Out magazine and in a revealing cover story, Beyoncé addresses the sexual nature of her self-titled album Beyoncé and her attempts to speak to women about not being ashamed to own their sexuality.

“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,” she said in the piece. “There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy.”

She continued: “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.”

Her most recent album, released in late 2013, has been praised by many, but some criticized the 33-year-old for the overtly sexual references because fan base also includes very young fans.

“While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make,” she explains.”I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart.”

In addition to the singer “freeing herself” on the album, she admits that the project was her most ambitious efforts to date.

“I was recording, shooting videos, and performing on the tour every night, all at the same time. At some point I felt like, ‘What am I doing? Is this too ambitious?’ Even the day the record was to be released I was scared to death,” she reveals. “But I also knew if I was that scared, something big was about to happen.”

The risk and ambition paid off in the end. She credits the success to the imperfections, which she believes made the album standout.

“When I recorded ‘XO’ I was sick with a bad sinus infection. I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I lived with most of the songs for a year and never re-recorded the demo vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time I’d normally spend on backgrounds and vocal production on getting the music perfect. There were days I spend solely on getting the perfect mix of sounds for the snare alone. Discipline, patience, control, truth, risk, and effortlessness were all things I thought about while I was putting this album together.”

 Out magazine’s annual May Power Issue hits  newsstands on April 22.

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(Photo Credit: Santiago & Mauricio/Out Magazine)