*Months after capping 2013 with the surprise release of her self-titled album, Beyoncé graces the cover of Out Magazine.
For the issue, Bey seemingly poses topless and touches on a variety of topics, including bringing women’s empowerment to the forefront with her younger fans.
“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,” Jay Z’s better half said. “Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle.”
In addition to the power of women, Beyoncé acknowledged her status as an icon within the LGBT community.
“What I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man,” she said. “So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority … We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.”
Fans of Bey’s latest album may be interested to know that the singer was not at 100 percent physically when she recorded one of the album’s more popular tunes. According to Beyoncé, the song “XO” was recorded while she was under the weather.
“I was sick with a bad sinus infection,” she told Out. “I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos.”
The May issue of Out featuring Beyoncé hits stands on April 22.