Beyonce Tells Vogue UK Feminist Is An Extreme Word, But She Guesses She’s A Modern-Day Version

April 3, 2013  |  

Rumors that Beyonce was up next for the cover of Vogue UK have proven to be true as the fashion mag just posted pics of their May issue online, along with excerpts from their interview with the Queen Bey herself. Much of the interview focuses on motherhood, matrimony, and musicianship, according to this introduction:

In the latest issue of Vogue, Beyoncé grants us an exclusive audience prior to the UK leg of her Mrs Carter tour. We found her unusually candid about marriage, motherhood and her musical journey, opening up about her love for husband Jay-Z, her determination to remain true to her instincts and her passion for a job which has seen her singing professionally for nearly 20 years.

She talks about how motherhood gave her a sense of “audacity” and a confidence to share more of her famously private life, and how her brand of feminism is synonymous with today’s very independent woman. Vogue also learnt the sheer strength of will – and hard work – it takes to launch a world tour, take the Superbowl by storm and sing for President Obama.

The Huffington Post got a few more insider gems, like this response Beyonce gave when asked about being a feminist:

“That word can be very extreme, but I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman. […]I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept. But I’m happily married. I love my husband.”

Going one step further, Bey addressed criticism over calling her upcoming concert series “The Mrs. Carter tour:”

“I feel like Mrs Carter is who I am,” she said, “but more bold and more fearless than I’ve ever been.

“It comes from knowing my purpose and really meeting myself once I saw my child. I was like, ‘OK, this is what you were born to do’. The purpose of my body became completely different.”

Alright, Mrs. Carter. Check out more pics from her spread on the next couple of pages. Do you think of Beyonce as a modern-day feminist?

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