Indeed, motherhood has served the 31-year-old singer and dancer well.
She shows off her sexy curves in edgy photos that have a distinct Afro-Caribbean flavor, which has become her new look since her controversial, and ground-breaking trip to Cuba.
Beyoncé has entered an exclusive club of sorts. She’s become an icon for gay men along with Madonna, Cher, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. She welcomes the comparison.
Beyonce Bodaciously Bold in Flaunt
“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,” she tells the fashion magazine.
Otherwise, the Sasha Fierce singer comes across as pretty down-to-earth, despite a reputation for living lavishly. Her picnic basket, she said, would include “a cozy blanket, red wine, fruit” ad “’90s R&B playing on my iPod.”
“I don’t think you need much else,” she adds.
Beyonce also took advantage of the photo opportunity to do a little image building. The article notes that she gives generously, including $250,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief. She also helped raise $1 million for Haiti earthquake relief and is working with Gucci’s “Chime for Change” campaign that promotes equal rights for women.
That may soften recent criticism that she and husband Jay-Z have indulged heavily in commercialism at the expense of their music and fans. Both have written songs to specifically promote commercial products.
Their trip to Cuba was also criticized as a propaganda coup for the Communist regime of Fidel Castro, which is still considered one of the world’s biggest violators of human rights.
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