Beyoncé Talks Perfection, Mental Health, & Power in ELLE

Queen Bey is opening up. After revealing a pair of stunning covers for ELLE, the magazine has released a preview of their interview with the “Formation” singer.

During the rare Q&A, Bey gets candid about the “blessing” and “burden” behind her power. “It’s exciting,” she says. “But having the power to make every final decision and being accountable for them is definitely a burden and a blessing. To me, power is making things happen without asking for permission. It’s affecting the way people perceive themselves and the world around them. It’s making people stand up with pride.”

Beyoncé covers ELLE wearing @weareivypark ??

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Donning Dior, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, and her own Ivy Park in the spread, Bey also responds to talk about her “perfection.” “It’s really about changing the conversation,” she explains. “It’s not about perfection. It’s about purpose. We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health—take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself.”

Of course, the article also dives into Ivy Park, the powerhouse’s new activewear line, which was unveiled last week.

“It’s really the essence: to celebrate every woman and the body she’s in while always striving to be better,” she says. “I called it Ivy Park because a park is our commonality. We can all go there; we’re all welcomed. It’s anywhere we create for ourselves. For me, it’s the place that my drive comes from. I think we all have that place we go to when we need to fight through something, set our goals and accomplish them.”