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7 Things We Learned About Queen Beyonce From Her GQ Interview


The much anticipated Beyonce interview, in GQ, has been released. It is amazing and pretty revealing about the often aloof star. Beyonce and Jay seem like completely private people and yet, Beyonce hired a documentarian in 2005 to record 16 hours of her life every day. Nope, didn’t know that. It’s also a small taste of her inner life and psyche. She says, about herself, that she is more powerful than she can even understand. Wow. There is a reason, perhaps many reasons, why Beyonce has had so much success and she is hardly 30. This is just a tiny nugget of insight into that and it is all the more intriguing.

1.) She will continue to become stronger and more powerful than we could have possibly imagined. 

Goddess Bey says, “I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”

I am frightened.

2.) The world is sexist but she is not going to play into that shiz. Beyonce knows better than that. She knows women need autonomy, agency and financial freedom from men. 

“You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?” she says in her film, which begins with her 2011 decision to sever her business relationship with her father. “I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”

Could anyone have said it better? Taking control of your personal economy, image and self-esteem is the most powerful thing a woman can do. Who is the strongest piece in chess? The Queen. 

3.) She is a perfectionist. It’s sort of creepy – it explains a lot.

“I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, ‘Oh God, that hair did not work.’ Or ‘I should never do that again.’ I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information.”

There’s nothing wrong with having a strong work ethic but no one is perfect either.

4.) She has sold 75 million albums and just signed on for a $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi. 

5.) Every Queen needs a historian. This is borderline creepy but hey, why not? Beyonce has a temperature controlled archive of her entire life. Of everything she has ever done. She hired a “visual artist” to record 16 hours of her life, everyday since 2005. 8 years. 16 hours a day. 

“There, across from the narrow conference room in which you are interviewing her, is another long, narrow room that contains the official Beyoncé archive, a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that contains virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child, the ’90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop.

Beyoncé’s inner sanctum also contains thousands of hours of private footage, compiled by a “visual director” Beyoncé employs who has shot practically her every waking moment, up to sixteen hours a day, since 2005.”

When the aliens come they will know the name Beyonce!

6.) That HBO documentary coming out this month, yeah, she paid for that to happen herself. She also directed and produced it.

“The will premiere an HBO “documentary”—more like a visual autobiography—about herself and her family that she financed, directed, produced, narrated, and stars in.”

I sure hope this turns out better than Britney’s attempt at documenting her life. Remember Britney and Kevin: Chaotic? That was a hot mess.

7.) Frankly, she always knew she was going to be a star/Queen of the Universe. Her little sister Solange remembers: 

“I have very, very early-on memories of her rehearsing on her own in her room. I specifically remember her taking a line out of a song or a routine and just doing it over and over and over again until it was perfect and it was strong. At age 10, when everybody else was ready to say, ‘Okay, I’m tired, let’s take a break,’ she wanted to continue—to ace it and overcome it.”

Would you expect any less determination from someone in Bey’s postion? A brown, curvy woman usually only goes so far in Hollywood before she plateaus, yet Beyonce only becomes more iconic with time.

    Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.