Beyoncé Knowles graces the cover of Harper's Bazaar UK's upcoming September issue and is spotlighted in a sexy spread inside the pages of the magazine. The images feature the singer in a range of powerful designer looks from the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Armani Prive, and Azzaro, and were captured at the Ritz during an April trip she made to Paris with her husband, Jay-Z. Beyoncé is back in the States now as she enjoys the success of her latest album, 4. She teamed up with Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland and her sister, Solange Knowles, yesterday in a location very different from the Ritz — a New Jersey trailer park — to film the video for her single "Party." In her interview for Bazaar, B reflects on her upcoming 30th birthday, as well as her take on feminism and empowerment. She also opens up about her close friendship with Gwyneth Paltrow, who likewise gushed about Beyoncé in the article. Here are some highlights:
- On turning 30 in September: “This is such a pivotal moment in my life! I’m transitioning as a woman, and I’m finally able to express myself as I am.”
- On whether she's a feminist: “I don’t really feel that it’s necessary to define it. It’s just something that’s kind of natural for me, and I feel like . . . you know . . . it’s, like, what I live for. I need to find a catchy new word for ‘feminism’, right? Like ‘bootylicious’ . . . ”
- On Gwyneth Paltrow: “She pushes her boundaries all the time. You go to her house and she makes you feel like you never want to go home. She is what I strive to be one day."
- Gwyneth on Beyoncé: “She is what it means to be a superstar. No one else can sing and dance like that, while having humour and genuine bursting sweetness. She has her own recipe for it . . . I wanted my own character (Gwyneth has a musical role in Country Strong), to have some of that mega-wattage. So I studied B. She was my homework."
- Gwyneth on her and Chris Martin’s friendship with Beyoncé & Jay-Z: “We have very similar values. We have also been able to become each other’s support systems over the years, as none of us needs anything from the other.”