When we speak of Beyoncé, we speak of effortless iconic decade’s worth of art. Beyoncé Carter-Knowles has stayed true to her artform even as she reimagines and reinvents her persona with each music project. Music projects that always bring that Je Ne Sais Quoi spice.
She turns 40 in September and graces Harper’s Bazaar’s September issue as is expected of a true cultural setter. Beyoncé yet again shows out her iconic status with a Southern cowgirl cover shoot. In this issue she talks about music, her teachings, her latest IVY PARK project.
When asked about her reflections on life, this is what she had to say.
“The first decade of my life was dedicated to dreaming. Because I was an introvert, I didn’t speak very much as a child…I am now grateful for those shy years of silence. Being shy taught me empathy and gave me the ability to connect and relate to people.”
She highlighted the need to break the mould and go against custom in order to create impact. When probed further, she cited her I Am…Sasha Fierce project.
“They told me I wouldn’t sell if it wasn’t in color…I was so exhausted and annoyed with these formulaic corporate companies that I based my whole next project off of black and white photography, including the videos for “Single Ladies” and “If I Were a Boy” and all of the artwork by Peter Lindbergh for I Am…Sasha Fierce, which ended up being my biggest commercial success to date.”
She stated her inspiration for being private came from self-esteem and the need to communicate her mind and soul through her art alone. She finds that artistes like Sade and Prince are few who managed to translate their music while keeping themselves out of the spotlight.
“…Throughout my career, I’ve been intentional about setting boundaries between my stage persona and my personal life. My family and friends often forget the side of me that is the beast in stilettos until they are watching me perform. It can be easy to lose yourself very quickly in this industry.”
When asked about her latest IVY PARK project, she credited her inspiration to her Texan childhood and American history.
“…I grew up going to the Houston rodeo every year. It was this amazing diverse and multicultural experience where there was something for every member of the family, including great performances, Houston-style fried Snickers, and fried turkey legs. One of my inspirations came from the overlooked history of the American Black cowboy.”
IVY PARK × adidas are set to include children clothing in their latest release.
You can read more of Beyoncé interview here.