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Sexy Mama: Beyonce Scores A Touchdown On GQ Magazine Cover Ahead of Super Bowl Performance

If you have been on the Internet at all within the past 24 hours, you know that Beyonce is featured on the cover of GQ magazine’s next issue celebrating the “100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century.”

The cover leaked online Tuesday night ahead of its official release, and GQ decided to go on ahead and release the full version today.

Looking absolutely stunning as ever, Beyonce — dressed in red animal print panties and a cut-off t-shirt that shows off a little underboob — effortlessly holds down the prestigious title of Sexiest Woman of the Century, just one year after giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy.

GQ claims to have “better (and hotter)” pictures they’re holding until next Tuesday when the full interview and spread is released, so we’ll be on the lookout for those.

And if for some strange reason you’re already tired of hearing about Beyonce, then you might want to log out of life for the rest of this year, because as we’ve said before, 2013 will be the year of Beyonce.

In addition to her new GQ cover, Beyonce also has an upcoming Vogue cover, her HBO documentary, a new single, AND the Super Bowl next month. Oh, and she was also recently invited to sing the National Anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration.

Beyonce’s already owning 2013 and we’re only 9 days in!

Beyonce’s Sexy GQ Photoshoot + Some Things You Need To Know About Beyonce

Beyonce almost shut the internet down earlier this week when her GQ magazine cover showing off her supreme sexiness (and a little underboob) was unveiled, and now you can finally gawk at the rest of the photos from the spread, and read up on some things you need to know about Beyonce. Because you can never know too much about Beyonce.

Beyonce is Beyonce’s own biggest critic, and expects Beyonce’s team to be as perfect as Beyonce is:

When she’s on tour, every night she heads back to her hotel room with a DVD of the show she’s just performed. Before going to sleep, she watches that show, critiquing herself, her dancers, her cameramen. The next morning, everyone receives pages of notes.

“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.”

When Beyonce is on stage performing, Beyonce’s brain literally shuts off:

She loves being onstage, she says, because it is the one time her inner critic goes silent. “I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it,” she says. “Because before I gave birth, it was the only time in my life, all throughout my life, that I was lost.” She means this in a good way: When her brain turns off, it is, frankly, a relief. After drilling herself, repeating every move so many times, locking them in, she can then afford not to think. “It’s like a blackout. When I’m onstage, I don’t know what the crap happens. I am gone.”

“Back in the day,” Beyonce used to threaten to beat up boys for bothering Beyonce’s sister Solange, whom Beyonce was very protective of:

Solange recalls how Beyoncé defended her when they were teens. “I can’t tell you how many times in junior high school, how many boys and girls can say Beyoncé came and threatened to put some hands on them if they bothered me,” Solange says with a laugh.

Beyonce is a bit of a feminist:

“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 [HBO documentary], 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.”

Beyonce has to constantly remind Beyonce that Beyonce deserves everything Beyonce’s achieved thus far:

“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,” she says. “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.”

And reminding Beyonce of Beyonce’s accomplishments isn’t too hard. In Beyonce’s conference room Beyonce’s her “sleek office suite in midtown Manhattan” sits Beyonce’s “sixteen Grammys, each wall-mounted in its own Plexiglas box.” Down the hall:

…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.

The room, which she calls her “crazy archive,” is also home to thousands of hours of private video footage, compiled by a “visual director” who has shot practically her every waking moment, up to sixteen hours a day, since 2005.

And this room—she calls it her “crazy archive”—is a key part of that, she will explain, so, “you know, I can always say, ‘I want that interview I did for GQ,’ and we can find it.” And indeed, she will be able to find it, because the room in which you are sitting is rigged with a camera and microphone that is capturing not just her every utterance but yours as well. These are the ground rules: Before you get to see Beyoncé, you must first agree to live forever in her archive, too.

Also:

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

And now for the sexy photoshoot:

Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013
Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013
Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013
Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013
Beyonce: GQ Magazine February 2013

You’re welcome.

[GQ]

Rihanna Flaunts Her Sexy Body On 7 Different Complex Magazine Covers; Still Dodging Chris Brown Questions

Rihanna is so hot that she’s not just featured on one, two, three or four Complex magazine covers … but SEVEN of them!

 

In honor of the release of her seventh studio album ‘Unapologetic,’ Rihanna shows off her sexy body on seven different covers for the February/March 2013 issue of Complex.

Inside, she not only continues to show off that hod bod of hers in more photoshoot pics, but also opens up about her penchant for taking self portraits and posting them to Instagram. But she’s still not talking about her relationship with Chris Brown, which she maintains is “Nobody’s Business” — just like their song.

Check out a few excerpts from the interview below, and the photoshoot right after!

Rihanna on loving to take self portraits for Instagram:

“It’s narcissistic, but whatever—everyone does it,” she says. “I’m capturing personality… Everybody has their thing they like or don’t like to see. It’s all in your head. That’s why people take their own pictures, because it’s difficult for someone else to capture what you seek.”

She also gives a little advice about taking the best portraits of yourself:

“Get a good light. Get a good angle on what’s working for you that day. If it’s boobs, make sure you hit that. If it’s face, make sure it’s fierce.”

And talks about the public’s opinion of her relationship with Chris Brown:

“People take the little bit of information they’re fed, and they draw a picture of who you are,” she says. “Most of the time it’s wrong.”

Also, on having not a single fuck to give while making her ‘Unapologetic’ album:

“When I was making this record I had no intention except the truth,” she says. “So whatever is there is real. It’s raw. That’s why the album is called Unapologetic.”

“I held back before. I didn’t show a lot of myself. I was very guarded,” she says. “I needed to be open and free and fearless. Basically say, ‘Fuck it.’ What’s the worst that can happen? They’ll hate me? They’ve done that before.”

On why “Diamonds” is her favorite song since “Umbrella”:

“It was so inspiring and uplifting,” she says. “It was giving me hope, that song. I was tired of angry love songs. Love doesn’t always have to be about breakups, and ‘We’re never going to be together again.’ It could be sweet. It could be, ‘Hell yeah! We’re diamonds!’”

Rihanna’s manager Ty Ty on how Chris Brown ended up on “Nobody’s Business” and why their team had no second thoughts about it:

“We don’t focus on the media, so it was never a question,” he says. “It’s all about the music. Everything else doesn’t even play a part in the studio.”

He insists that the record wasn’t made with Brown in mind. “The-Dream didn’t write it for them as a duet. Jay-Z and I were in the car together listening to the song, and we thought it would be a great duet. It sounds dope. It feels good. That’s how Chris ended up on the song.”

And last, but certainly not least, was this, at the end of the interview:

Before leaving the restaurant for the airport, Rihanna addresses one last question. It’s the biggest question surrounding the song: If her relationship with Brown is truly nobody’s business, then why make a record about it?

Her voice, usually warm and cut with chuckles, turns cold. “Pardon me?” she replies, her eyebrow slightly raised. Even after the question is repeated, she hesitates to answer. The hands that moved up and down throughout the conversation, suddenly fall flat.

“It’s the truth. Remember?” she says, turning toward the other side of the table to gather her belongings. As she gets up to leave, she adds: “It’s a fun record that The-Dream wrote and we loved the lyrics. You’re still asking me questions about it so clearly you don’t know.”

Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna covers February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine
Rihanna: February/March 2013 Complex Magazine

[Complex]

Rihanna Covers Rolling Stone, Admits Reuniting with Chris Brown Could Be A Mistake

Do you believe a leopard can change its spots? If not, well, too bad. Because Rihanna does.

The foul-mouthed, rebellious Barbadian-born pop star is finally speaking out in detail and without excuses about her decision to reunite with her convicted abuser Chris Brown in her cover story for the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

While she still resents people’s judgement of their relationship, she argues that even if getting back with Chris is a mistake, it’s a mistake she is entitled to make.

“I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” Rihanna says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, out Friday, February 1. “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

Girl, if you say so. After all, it’s your face on the line.

But somehow, for some reason, Rihanna believes that things will be really, truly, different this time.

“He doesn’t have the luxury of fucking up again,” she says. “That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.”

Rihanna added, “He made a mistake, and he’s paid his dues … He’s paid so much. And I know that’s not a place he would ever want to go back to. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing.”

Yeah. This is pretty much textbook garbage from the domestic-abuse-victim-with-low-self-esteem playbook.

Either Rihanna believes she doesn’t deserve better than Chris, or she somehow believes she can will Chris Brown into good behavior. She can look at Whitney Houston’s failed marriage to Bobby Brown to see how trying to tame a bad boy turns out.

[Rolling Stone]

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