The Carter family is dropping the veil that they’ve been criticized for hiding behind, opening up in ways we didn’t quite expect. The latest peek inside is Beyonce’s cover shoot and story with FLAUNT Magazine.
As hubby Jay-Z is basking in the limelight of his latest release Magna Carta Holy Grail with Twitter interviews and random stops at New York City radio stations, Beyonce is upping the ante on her own career to bring home the cheddar to what Jay calls their “two income family.”
Known to be very meticulous about the contents of her interview, FLAUNT Magazine took a fun approach with an off the wall Q&A style interview, which got the self-proclaimed King to chat about everything from her Pepsi controversy to the truth behind Gluten.
Oh, and that’s just the interview. Beyonce was serving up a new grade of Erykah Badu-inspired glam in a glitter rolled spread entirely in the buck.
We can dig it.
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.
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.
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.
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’s boring to you?
Lack of creativity.
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.