One day, 2013 will become known as the Age of Beyoncé, a time when all things were seen through the prism of the Houston native’s vision. And, as luck would have it, Vogue were there to get the shots.
With an already legendary Super Bowl halftime performance under her belt, fittingly the 31-year-old now graces her second cover of US Vogue magazine for their March “power” themed 2013 issue.
In the accompanying story, Beyoncé opens up about giving birth to her first child, Blue Ivy, Internet rumors, having more children, her album, and how becoming a mother changed her.
Endearingly, the singer describes her daughter as: “[She’s] my road dog. She’s my homey, my best friend,” before revealing the extraordinary connection she felt during labor:
“I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door and I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain … We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.”
On family: “I feel like I have something that has grounded me so much more. Family has always been important. I’ve always had my mother and my father and my husband. But it’s just, life is so much more than … It’s not defined by any of this.”
On not reading vicious comments about herself: “Don’t scroll down!You’re definitely going to get your feelings hurt.”
On the ludicrous rumor that she faked her pregnancy and used a surrogate to carry her child, Beyoncé sounds more baffled than angry.
“That was very odd,” she says. “Who even thinks that? Like, who would make that up … You can’t take it too seriously.”
Interestingly, important figures in the singer’s life, her mother, Kelly Rowland and actress and friend, Gwyneth Paltrow, are also quoted in Vogue‘s piece.
Recalling a visit to a recording studio to see the singer, Paltrow says:
“Blue was sleeping in her arms, across her body, and B was listening back to what she had been working on. I thought, This is how you do it. You do what you love with who you love included.”
The Vogue shoot itself was photographed by the famed Patrick Demarchelier.
On the cover, Beyoncé is styled in asymmetric monochromed Givenchy, while Oscar de la Renta, Rochas, Alexander McQueen, and Haider Ackermann feature inside.
The next few months will be busy ones for the mother of one. As announced, the singer will kick off her four month Mrs. Carter Show World Tour from April-August and has just joined the Essence Festival lineup in New Orleans for a one night headliner over the Fourth of July weekend, CBS News reports.
But for those that can’t wait that long, the Grammy winning artist (she won her 17th on Sunday) is heading to the small screen this Saturday.
On February 16, Beyoncé will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a one-on-one special on OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter at 8 pm, while her self-directed documentary “Life Is But A Dream” will air on HBO one hour later at 9 pm.
Check out the teasers for Oprah’s special and “Life Is But A Dream” along with footage of Beyoncé’s Vogue’s photo shoot below.
Will you be watching both shows on Saturday or going to see her on tour?