EXCLUSIVE: Beyoncé Wants to Change the Conversation.
BEYONCE WEARS IVY PARK THROUGHOUT. PAOLA KUDACKI/STYLED BY SAMIRA NASR
This article originally appears in the May 2016 issue of ELLE, available digitally on April 5, on newsstands in select cities starting April 6, and nationwide on April 19.
In this worldwide ELLE exclusive, Beyoncé gives a rare in-depth interview, in which she speaks candidly about how the first Destiny's Child album helped her discover she had real power, why she approached Topshop to be her 50-50 partner in Ivy Park, the true meaning of feminism, what she wants to accomplish next, her "Formation" message, and much more.
Here, the full interview.
January 23 was a normal day for Beyoncé. On the docket:
1. Showcase new athleisure line, Ivy Park 2. Plot launch of new music label
3. Prepare to dominate Super Bowl 50
4. Polish off top secret "Formation" video
5. Gear up for all-stadium world tour
When "Run the world" is your business plan, your day starts early.
At exactly 5 a.m., Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter arrives at Mimoda, a spare, mirror-walled, bare-floored dance studio in central Los Angeles that echoes the image she is here to disseminate: that of an athlete, suited up in a white jersey with a white mesh jacket, stripped of accessories and even shoes, hair teased into a corona of Flashdance curls. A woman who is here to work. Surrounded by a trio of dancers who've been backing her up for years, she rehearses, for the benefit of the camera, a slo-mo version of dance sequences that we later learn are part of "Formation." In other shots, she stands alone, still and commanding, staring straight into the camera—without so much as an accidental blink. The atmosphere is relaxed, upbeat, as she and the dancers joke and laugh. But make no mistake: This is a tightly managed operation.
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