Yesterday, GQ unveiled their February cover with Beyoncé. Today GQ has crowned Beyonce as the #1 Hottest Woman of the 21st Century. Check out Terry Richardson’s photos for proof. You can read the full story today at GQ. Some choice excerpts follow:
Beyoncé on her work ethic: “I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.”
…on her upcoming Super Bowl performance: “One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete,” she says now. “You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. 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.”
…on her power: “I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”
…on her work: “I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it. Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost.”
Solange Knowles on her sister’s pursuit of perfection: “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.”
The GQ February 2013 Issue will be available on newsstands January 22.
- Photography: Terry Richardson / GQ