There’s nothing like waking up to a new post on Beyoncé’s Instagram feed. Last week, she released a rodeo-themed campaign for the latest Ivy Park collection featuring some of Houston’s rising talent and this week, she is the cover star for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
London photographer Campbell Addy was tapped to shoot the multi-cover Icon issue while the accompanying interview was conducted by American writer, Kaitlyn Greenidge.
Approaching her 40th birthday next month, Queen Bey reflects on her youth, navigating the entertainment industry and the importance of healing generational traumas.
Here are a few things we gathered from the interview:
- Beyoncé and her husband JAY-Z were recently made the faces of Tiffany & Co.
- New music is indeed on the way as well as “an array of other projects that promise to obliterate old boundaries and vault her further into uncharted territory,” as stated by Greenidge.
- Growing up shy and competing in performance competitions, Beyoncé learned as a child that she had to work twice as hard to be half as successful as her white counterparts.
- The pressure of failure kept her on the straight and narrow as a teenager who was dedicated to her dreams of being a star, while her 20s marked the beginning of her management and production company Parkwood Entertainment. Her 30s ushered in an emphasis on caring for her family and moving beyond her career into a space of healing and restoration, including founding her global philanthropy initiative BeyGOOD in 2013.
- Vision, intention and hard work were the keys to her success.
- Setting boundaries between her stage and personal life has been crucial for maintaining her safety and sanity.
Read the full interview here.