Beyonce wants music to 'empower'
Beyonce has said she wants her music to have an impact.
The Drunk In Love songstress paid homage to screen siren Marilyn Monroe, as she posed topless for the front cover of Out magazine's Power issue in jewellery and blow-dried hair, with her hands protecting her modesty.
Talking about her self-titled album, she said: "While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart."
Beyonce, who holidayed in the Dominican Republic with husband Jay Z for their sixth wedding anniversary, wants women to "own their sexuality".
"Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalise that struggle," she continued.
"But what I'm really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I'm very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority... We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love."
The mother-of-one also admitted she was ill when she recorded XO.
"When I recorded XO I was sick with a bad sinus infection," she said.
"I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos."