As we learned yesterday, Beyonce is on the cover of this month’s issue of GQ, just in time for her upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance. But besides those steamy Terry Richardson shots, were you aware that the issue also contains an interview with Beyonce, with words and everything?
And guess what? Beyonce actually gave GQ’s Amy Wallace an illuminating interview, especially considering how closely she guards her public image. What did we learn? Two tidbits:
1) Beyonce is a feminist, a thought that finds expression in the metaphor of the year:
“You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat?” she says in her film, which begins with her 2011 decision to sever her business relationship with her father. “I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.”
… There ain’t no use being hot as fish grease, she seems to understand, if someone else wields the spatula and holds the keys to the cash register.
2) Beyonce has a recording system that rivals that of the Nixon White House:
Beyoncé’s inner sanctum also contains thousands of hours of private footage, compiled by a “visual director” Beyoncé employs who has shot practically her every waking moment, up to sixteen hours a day, since 2005. [...] This digital database, modeled loosely on NBC’s library, is a work in progress—the labeling, date-stamping, and cross-referencing has been under way for two years, and it’ll be several months before that process is complete. But already, blinking lights signal that the product that is Beyoncé is safe and sound and ready to be summoned—and monetized—at the push of a button.
And this room—she calls it her “crazy archive”—is a key part of that, she will explain, so, “you know, I can always say, ‘I want that interview I did for GQ,’ and we can find it.” And indeed, she will be able to find it, because the room in which you are sitting is rigged with a camera and microphone that is capturing not just her every utterance but yours as well. These are the ground rules: Before you get to see Beyoncé, you must first agree to live forever in her archive, too.
And yes, there are also are plenty of pictures of Beyonce lounging around in her underwear, you know, if you’re into that sort of thing: