Beyonce is naked and majestic on the cover of the latest issue of Flaunt magazine. In the African-themed photos, shot in 2011 by Tony Duran for the R&B star’s Year of 4 campaign, Queen B is covered in paint and glitter as she shows off her curvaceous figure. We’re not sure why Flaunt waited so long to release the pictures, but they did accompany a new interview, which you can check out some excerpts below:
A picnic planner is hoping to get lucky with his/her picnic companion. What’s in the picnic basket?
A cozy blanket, red wine, fruit, ’90s R&B playing on my iPod. I don’t think you need much else.
Gay men are drawn to you and empowered by you, as they have been to “gay icons” Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Madonna. What is it about you, and those women, that gay men love?
I’m flattered if I’m in the company of those great women. I think they love that we are bold, unafraid to love, and flaunt our sexuality and strength.
What famous piece of architecture might you most like to do some necking in?
The Louvre, or under the Arc de Triomphe. Paris is a beautiful, sexy city.
You have always carefully sculpted your image and controlled public access to your off-stage life. Is there anything to envy about stars who don’t care about safeguarding their private lives?
I have chosen to keep certain aspects of my life private. But I also love sharing what makes me happy, especially through photography.
Is there a sex scandal in history that you find not so scandalous, and instead just kinda awesome?