Beyonce lifts veil around her marriage, names her style icons
This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
We'd expect Beyonce to long for pickles and peanut butter during her pregnancy, but, happily for our purposes, the star has an even tastier craving: one for candor.
It seems that in her new role as a mom-to-be, Beyonce is just one big share party, offering insights about her long-private relationship with husband Jay-Z and her high-profile style influences.
"We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married. I admire his ability to inspire others. To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay's music has helped define our generation," she tells Harper's Bazaar.
"We focused three years on our marriage," she said, "and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want."
On their daily lives, Bey added that "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."
That best version of Beyonce is ever the multitasker: Due in February, the singer continues to release video after video from her disc "4," promote eponymous fragrances, recently hit New York Fashion Week and revealed to the mag that she's developing a maternity collection for her line House of Deréon.
Still more sharing? Bey name-dropped Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Gisele Bundchen as women whose style she admires. Digest all of this news, and a behind-the-scenes clip of her Terry Richardson shoot below, with or without pickles and peanut butter.
[For the Record, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11: OK, we're going to make like Beyonce and be candid with you -- this post originally referred to the singer's pregnant-lady craving for "candidness." It now more elegantly refers to her craving for "candor," which is, of course, a real word. Thanks to @RogerWellington on Twitter for the candid critique.]
-- Matt Donnelly
Photos: Beyonce on and in Harper's Bazaar. Credits: Terry Richardson / Harper's Bazaar