GQ has officially released Beyoncé’s spicy cover of its February "The 100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century" issue and all we can say is, "Wow!" Can you believe the sexy singer gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy one year ago? On the cover, Bey is wearing nothing but her Madalyn animal-print briefs and a cropped football jersey, which is fitting because she's set to headline the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3.
Beyoncé will also perform the national anthem at President Obama's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 21. And with news that her new single, "Ratchet," will be released soon as well as rumors that she's the cover girl for Vogue's March issue, we can't wait for the Beyoncé wave to hit full force.
In the feature, Bey talks about her career, the power of her influence, and her upcoming performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.
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 performance at the Super Bowl: "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 influence: "I now know that, yes, I am powerful. I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand."
…on loving 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."
The February issue of GQ hits newsstands nationwide on January 22.
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(Photo: Terry Richardson for GQ Magazine)