Beyoncé is Out magazine’s May issue cover star, and in it she is transformed into a ’50s blonde bombshell of epic proportions.
The 32-year-old Grown Woman singer was the only logical choice for the mag’s special POWER issue, because, well, it’s Beyoncé.
And while we’ve grown used to seeing the megastar relaxing back into her natural look over the past few weeks since wrapping up her Mrs Carter World Tour, this time it was all about old-school Hollywood glamour.
Shot by famed New York fashion snappers Santiago & Mauricio, Bey is seen pulling her best Marylin Monroe impression on the cover with platinum bedhead, sultry make-up, pearls, and nearly nothing else.
But while Bey’s scantily-clad inside shots scream sex appeal, the mum-of-one only has one message to get across when it comes to female empowerment.
‘There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,’ she tells the magazine. ‘There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy.’
‘The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.’
Amen to that.
By Robyn Munson