Beyonce in Out May 2014: I had a Sinus Infection When I Recorded "XO"
The "Single Ladies" songstress looked absolutely stunning for the Santiago & Mauricio-shot spread while opening up about everything from her LGBT fans to her views about women having control of their own sexuality.
Highlights from Beyonce's Q&A session are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Out!
On female empowerment:
"Women should own their sexuality. 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."
"When I recorded 'XO' I was sick with a bad sinus infection. I recorded it in a few minutes just as a a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I lived with most of the songs for a year and never rerecorded the demo vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time I'd normally spend on background and vocal productions on getting the music perfect."
On the LGBT community:
"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."
Photo Credit: Santiago & Mauricio for Out