Beyonce recently posed topless for Out Magazine’s May 2014 Power issue and was photographed by Santiago & Mauricio.
The 32-year-old mom and pop star rocked a platinum bob, strands of pearls, and gave her best sexy glance in the Marilyn Monroe-esque photo shoot…which was styled by Lysa Cooper.
“I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality. 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.”
Beyonce added, “While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle.”
“What I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man,” she continued. “So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority … We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.”