Fierce Beyonce Is Ready to Pounce in February's Allure

Beyonce Knowles strikes a serious pose on the cover of February's Allure. She rang in the new year in St. Bart's with Jay-Z and now B's getting back to work on her music and a new fragrance, Heat, which will hit stores next month. She'll also head to the Grammys where she's up for 10 awards including album of the year. As for her alter-ego Sasha Fierce, who's behind that album, Beyonce says she doesn't need her anymore. Check out some other photos from her shoot here, her style through the years and interview highlights:

  • On Sasha Fierce: “Sasha Fierce is my alter ego, this other side of me that’s almost animalistic and strong and fearless, and I have used this person to take over when I’m too scared or too shy. The thing that’s interesting is I don’t need Sasha Fierce anymore, because I’ve grown, and I’m now able to merge the two. I want people to see me. I want people to see who I am.”
  • On keeping her personal life private: “I feel that I was born to entertain, but I want my music and my talent to speak for themselves, I don’t want my personal life, my mistakes, or my marriage or whatever to interfere when I’m on the stage. It’s when I feel the most confident, the most in control.”
  • On her body shape: “I always say, ‘I don’t want to lose my curves,’ I like firm curves. You can never do enough squats, you can never do enough sit-ups. But as far as losing too much weight or building too much muscle...I like for women to look feminine.”