Beyoncé Channels Marilyn Monroe, Talks Feminism in ‘Out’ Magazine


The name Beyoncé has become synonymous with the words flawless, queen, and of course, power — which makes her the perfect figure to grace the May 2014 issue of Out magazine.

The 32-year-old pop superstar — who poses topless while wearing a platinum wig — channels her inner Marilyn Monroe for a timeless black-and-white photo shoot and talks about her self-titled album and feminism. Although the “Drunk in Love” singer has mastered the art of surprise, it’s no secret that she is an advocate for women’s right, and now she’s using her magazine spread as a platform to once again influence female liberation.

“Men are free and women are not. That is crazy,” she says. “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.”

Not only does the diva dish that the vocal “imperfections” behind her track “XO” were caused by a sinus infection, Bey also reveals the powerful mission statement surrounding her “most personal” and honest” album, which was stealth-released in December.

“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.”

Bey continues to discuss the overall message behind her work, stating, “But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. 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.”

For more Beyoncé on Out, click here.

[Santiago & Mauricio/OUT Magazine]