Beyoncé on Harper’s Bazaar: “…I no longer need to compete with myself”

Culture / August 11, 2021

How to welcome September 2021? Harper’s Bazaar said: Beyoncé!

The often-photographed bu rarely interviewed diva heralds the magazine’s latest issue with Ivy Park x Adidas chaps and dripping in Tiffany & Co. pieces–she and her husband Jay-Z were just named as the jewelry brand’s faces.

In the interview, Beyonce reflects on life as she approaches 40 this Sept. 4. She talks about the grind that started since she was a teenager. “My teenage years were about the grind. I grew up hearing this particular scripture from James 2:17, ‘Faith without work is dead.’ Vision and intention weren’t enough; I had to put in the work. I committed to always being a student and always being open to growth.”

She then goes through her triumphs like her I Am…World Tour, Parkwood Entertainment, Black Is King, Ivy Park, and BeyGOOD.

As for new music, Beyonce said she spent the time in quarantine being in the studio. “I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies. Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!”

The big 40 is just when Bey is getting started. “I’ve spent so many years trying to better myself and improve whatever I’ve done that I’m at a point where I no longer need to compete with myself. I have no interest in searching backwards. The past is the past. I feel many aspects of that younger, less evolved Beyoncé could never f*** with the woman I am today.”