In a revealing cover story in OUT magazine, Queen Bey explained that the overt sexual vibe on her latest album is part of her attempt to speak to women about being, and feeling, sexy and unashamed.
“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,” she said in the piece, which is accompanied by a series of topless and glam shots from Santiago & Mauricio. “There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy.”
“The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist — whatever you want to be — and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”