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Beyonce in GQ magazine: 3 things about her you didn't know
Beyoncé is featured on the cover of the latest issue of GQ magazine, on newsstands today, and the racy cover puts her name on top of the “100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century" list.
But the magazine's interview proves there’s more to the superstar, who owns a home in Scarsdale with her husband, Jay-Z, than her good looks. We already know her as a singer and actress, wife and mother. But based on the GQ interview, we learned there are three other surprising versions of the superstar.
Business Beyoncé: The star is referred to in this way in the interview, when the reporter encounters the star in her Manhattan office and describes her as “fashionable, elegant [and] in charge.”
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Beyoncé said that she has always been business-minded when it comes to her career, saying that her childhood goal was that “by the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want.”
Well, Bey, mission accomplished. We’re only a few weeks into 2013, and she already has performed at the second presidential inauguration ceremony and reunited with former band mates Destiny’s Child to record “Nuclear,” their first single in nearly a decade, set for release Jan. 29. She's also slated to headline the Super Bowl halftime show Feb. 4 and has an HBO documentary debuting Feb. 16. Oh, yes, and there’s the $50 million endorsement deal she inked with Pepsi in late 2012.
If you’re amazed by what the star has recently accomplished, you’re not the only one. Even Beyoncé seems awed by herself, saying in the interview, "I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand."
Hoarder Beyoncé: Perhaps the most interesting revelation of the profile is that Beyoncé keeps every single artifact from her successful career. She describes the temperature-controlled digital storage facility housing those items as her “crazy archive.”
So what’s in it? According to the interview, “virtually every existing photograph of her … 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.”
Just a thought: If Beyoncé were a regular Jane Schmoe who held onto all these items, surely the hit reality show “Hoarders” would be called to hold an intervention, right? But because she’s Beyoncé, and she has a state-of-the-art space devoted to curating her miscellany, that just makes her a superstar.
Big Brother Beyoncé: If you’re ever lucky enough to meet Beyoncé, just know that the odds are you are now a part of her “crazy archive.”
According to the interview, the star employs a “visual director” who “has shot practically her every waking moment, up to 16 hours a day, since 2005.” The private footage captures both on-stage and private moments, including the magazine interview itself.
The reporter said that the star’s office is “rigged with a camera and microphone that is capturing not just her every utterance but yours as well … Before you get to see Beyoncé, you first must agree to live forever in her archive, too.”
Why does Beyoncé go to “Big Brother”-esque lengths to document her life? She said that she has the database so, “you know, I can always say, ‘I want that interview I did for ‘GQ,’ and we can find it.”
We can only assume if you’re one the biggest pop stars on the planet, Google is just not good enough.
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