This just in from across the pond: Beyonce covers Harper's Bazaar UK's "Strictly Sexy" September issue. Inside, Queen B. strikes a pose in the likes of Alaia, Armani Prive, Lanvin and Hermes and dishes on turning 30, her relationships with Gaga and Gwyneth and growing up with some strong females surrounding her.
On eavesdropping on people's conversations at her mother's beauty salon:
"I loved listening to people's problems. It was like a sanctuary for those women. It was a place you didn't bring your children, and your husbands weren't there."
On women's friendships:
"I'm afraid when women never hang around with other women. That's a little scary to me -- why is that?"
On being called a feminist:
"I don't really feel that it's necessary to define it. It's just something that's kind of natural for me, and I feel like...you know...it's, like, what I live for. I need to find a catchy new word for 'feminism', right? Like 'bootylicious'..."
Check out some photos below and for a behind-the-scenes video of Beyonce's shoot, head over to HarpersBazaar.co.uk. The issue hits newsstands August 6.