In addition to getting all “wild and crazy” for Dazed And Confused Magazine’s “Pop vs. Life” issue, Beyonce allowed the designers who created those looks to pick her brain about the really important matters.
And this is what we’ve found out about Bey: she’s a work-a-holic control freak who clams up when she’s around too many people and who doesn’t really believe that girls run the world… yet. Here’s an excerpt of her cover feature interview, conducted by designers Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci, Stefano Pilati and Gareth Pugh.
Gareth Pugh: You were born four days after me, which means you’re a Virgo. What Virgo characteristics do you have?
Beyonce: I am a Virgo to the tee! I wonder what signs the other designers are? I like to think outside the box. I don’t believe in the answer ‘no’. I am extremely driven and extremely critical – sometimes overly critical. Sometimes it is one of the things that I have to work on. I am a control freak. I pay attention to details. When I do something I do it 100 per cent. I have high expectations of myself and expect the exact same thing of everyone around me. I’ve always been that way. I am all or nothing.
Stefano Pilati: Do you think a woman has the same opportunity for success as a man in today’s world?
Beyonce: I think we do. I think the world is changing and it has changed. We still have you know, ways to go. But I think women are so different now and we have our standards and we don’t accept anything less than the same opportunities. I know I don’t. That’s what my whole message is in my career. I remember being in Japan after I wrote ‘Independent Woman’, and these young teenage girls were telling me that the song, to them, made it uncool not to have your own job, your own career, and your own mind. It’s inspiring to know that something can affect pop culture in that way, and the way women think. Sometimes there are certain things that we have to work harder for, that we have to work double the amount for. Sometimes we don’t get the credit. But we’re getting there.
Tom Ford: Are you shy?
Beyonce: I used to be very shy. I don’t think I’m shy any more. I get really uncomfortable when I’m not performing on the stage or on a photo shoot and have too many people looking at e expecting a performance. It make me kind of shut down and become shy. I’m happier to talk to people and try to learn something from them. I’m better at one-on-one conversations. I do become shy and a bit intimidated when it’s a large group of people, I definitely retreat. At a big dinner I just hope that no one expects anything from me. I wish I’d disappear.
Ricardo Tisci: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Beyonce: Usually I try to stay quiet and meditate. Not literally meditate. I mean lay in bed and think about everything I need to do, plus everything I learned from the previous day. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve literally fallen asleep with the Blackberry in my hand because I’m up answering emails, coming up with marketing plans and looking at radio numbers. It’s really sad! My family is like, ‘Oh my God!’ I literally have pictures of me knocked out with my finger on the computer
Oh look: She’s just like the rest of you mere humans.