I don’t know, guys. Beyoncé looks kinda “meh” to me on the November 2011 cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Um, if by “meh” you mean… “mehhhhgNIFICENT. I’m totally kidding. Beyoncé, per usual, looks stunning. In fact, has pregnancy made her somehow EVEN MORE outrageously flawless? And she’s clearly got more energy than ever, as evidenced by her wild (albeit intentionally wild and heroically perfect) hair.
Beyoncé was photographed by Terry Richardson for the Bazaar cover, and because she’s so much more woman (WHITNEY REFERENCE!) than I’ll ever be, the magazine went with two different Beyoncé covers. Because two Beyoncés are better than one (though even half a Beyoncé is better than no Beyoncé.) Sorry. Between “Countdown” and “1+1,” all of this Beyoncé math has kinda been messing with my head.
++ CHECK OUT MORE BEYONCÉ PHOTOS FROM HARPER’S BAZAAR AFTER THE JUMP!
Inside of Beyoncé’s Bazaar (Bey-zaar?), she praises Jay-Z‘s music: “To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay’s music has helped define our generation. All that he has overcome and worked to achieve gives millions hope that they can become whatever they want to be. I respect him so much; he is a great man and a great artist.” (Your man: OK at grilling. Beyoncé’s man: owns a basketball team, owns a clothing label, owns a record label, 11 No. 1 albums.)
Beyoncé also discusses her relationship (which I like to liken to William and Kate’s since Beyoncé and Jay are America’s royalty) with Jay-Z: “We have been together since I was 20 years old,” she said. “We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married… We focused three years on our marriage and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection…The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities. There’s someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.”
Oh God. If perfect relationships exist, Beyoncé and Jay-Z own that too. And even pants-less and pregnant on the cover of Bazaar, Beyoncé looks like that. This post has taken a turn for the dark. I’m left wondering if there’s any hope left for the rest of us or if Beyoncé and Jay-Z have unknowingly used up the universe’s limited supply of hope on their own perfection.
Credit, all photos: Terry Richardson/Harper’s Bazaar
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