FLAUNT Magazine recently sat down with Mrs. Carter for a little Q&A and a killer photo shoot. In the gorgeous shots, the Queen becomes live African Art. I luv that she continues to pay homage to her African roots...she's a Grown Woman. In the interview B talks about life and other scenarios. There was a little about her new music. She's been working on her 5th solo album since last summer.
The fifth album of her solo career has been in the works since summer of 2012, when she was in collab conversations with the likes of The-Dream, Timbaland, and Sia. Bits of the songs have been released via Pepsi commercials (Beyoncé's been tight with the soda brand since endorsing them in 2002) and clothing line H&M promos, but Beyoncé won't put her stamp on the album until she likes it, and that's not until it's dip-it, pop-it, shake-it, drop-it perfect. When you've sold 75 million records worldwide and won 17 Grammys, what choice is there? (Source: FLAUNT)
The interview reveals some of Mrs. Carter's favorite things. They asked her some really cool questions, not just your typical run-of-the-mill interview questions:
Flaunt: A picnic planner is hoping to get lucky with his/her picnic companion. What's in the picnic basket?
Beyoncé: A cozy blanket, red wine, fruit, '90s R&B playing on my iPod. I don't think you need much else.
Flaunt: 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?
Beyoncé: 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.
Read on to see what else B reveals about life, and her passions below. Also check out more killer photos.
What's up with gluten anyway?
I'm okay with gluten. Sunday pizza is a must for me!
Tyra Sanchez based his drag persona for "RuPaul's Drag Race" on you. What does it mean that someone who impersonates your "girl-power" persona is a man with a successful career as a female impersonator? Is there conflict there?
No conflict. I love it and Miss Tyra is fabulous!
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.
Millennials make up a huge part of your fan base. Thousands of them have responded to your Instagram hashtag #beygood to promote goodwill. How do you feel about the media's take on youth as the "me me me" generation, or a generation of "slack-tivists" [people who are activists online but not in the real world]?
At my concerts I see the opposite. They are engaged in making a difference. We have collected tons of donations that will go towards creating jobs and helping people get jobs. That's something I want to celebrate. For Chime for Change we raised awareness and over $4 million in one day for equal rights for girls everywhere. So many people at that concert were young. They are more socially responsible than they get credit for.
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.
What is your favorite kind of stain?
One piece of clothing you own that you absolutely couldn't live without?
A white T-shirt.
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.
Is there a sex scandal in history that you find not so scandalous, and instead just kinda awesome?
Antony and Cleopatra. The legend of that love affair affected history and lives to this day.
A number of magazines list the top X number of ways to please your lover. Anything missing on these lists typically?
If you have to read those lists, you're already in trouble.
What's boring to you?
Lack of creativity.
The Carters enjoyed BBQ for the Fourth of July Weekend, just like we all did...but on a much grander scale. Mrs. Carter shared photos on her site, of course.
Sources: FLAUNTMagazine.com & Beyonce.com|IAM