When it comes to Beyoncé, not much surprises us anymore—she’s a beast at everything she touches. But when we saw the 31-year-old nude on the cover of Flaunt magazine, we were (without question) amazed. In it, King Bey is covered in sparkling body paint and rocks a glamorous short hair cut.
The African-themed images were taken in 2011 (check out the BTS footage of the diva’s Year Of 4 documentary). In the issue, the Diva talks about being a gay icon, her favorite sex scandal, the piece of clothing she can’t live without and plenty more.
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Gay men are drawn to you and empowered by you, as they have been to “gay icons” Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Madonna. What is it about you, and those women, that gay men love?
I’m flattered if I’m in the company of those great women. I think they love that we are bold, unafraid to love, and flaunt our sexuality and strength.
You have always carefully sculpted your image and controlled public access to your off-stage life. Is there anything to envy about stars who don’t care about safeguarding their private lives?
I have chosen to keep certain aspects of my life private. But I also love sharing what makes me happy, especially through photography.
What is your favorite kind of stain?
One piece of clothing you own that you absolutely couldn’t live without?
A white T-shirt.
Is there a sex scandal in history that you find not so scandalous, and instead just kinda awesome?
Antony and Cleopatra. The legend of that love affair affected history and lives to this day.
A number of magazines list the top X number of ways to please your lover. Anything missing on these lists typically?
If you have to read those lists, you’re already in trouble.
What’s boring to you?
Lack of creativity.
Jump the page for more images and read the full interview at Flaunt Magazine.