When Beyoncé hits the stage to perform, all eyes are on her. From the glitterized body suits, pounds and pounds of hair and sassy dance moves, her connection to gay culture is prevalent. Anyone familiar with the gay culture can look at Beyoncé and see she derives many moves and dramatics of her stage presence from the gay community- yet she never mentions it.
With her 4 album debuting number one on the Billboard charts, the Beyoncé promotional machine sits down with Pride Source Magazine, an LGBT publication. In her recent exclusive interview, the Grammy award winning artist opens up about her inspiring moments from the gay culture, offers album insight and confirms her upcoming role in the remake of “A Star Is Born.”
Check out some of the interview:
When did you feel a real connection with your gay fans?
I’ve always had a connection. Most of my audience is actually women and my gay fans, and I’ve seen a lot of the younger boys kind of grow up to my music. It’s great when I’m able to do the meet and greets, because I’m able to really connect and have conversations. People look at some of the artists that I admire – like Diana Ross and Cher – and they identity that glamour with Sasha Fierce, and I’ve been really inspired by the language. I have my (gay) stylists and my makeup artist, and all of their stories and the slang words I always put it in my music. We inspire each other. Like I said, we’re one.
What do gay people tell you when you meet them?
I have so many stories; I don’t even know where to begin. I know that I just recently had a contest where I had everyone reenact my artwork on Twitter. Just seeing some of the guys who dressed up – like my hairstylist dressed up as Sasha Fierce from “Single Ladies” for Halloween, and I saw so many people dressed up in that glove and bodysuit – really makes me feel like I’m doing my job and some of the fashion is making its mark. To know that people can be free and confident and do what they want themselves, and I can be the person they want to look like (laughs), it’s really such a blessing for me, and it’s very inspiring. I’m very happy and proud of that.
Yes, you’ve inspired lots of drag queens out there. What tips can you give them to be a better Beyoncé?
I have many different looks, so finding what works best for your silhouette and your face, because I’ve had every kind of hair style and I know for me there are certain things that I love to wear and there’s certain makeup and colors – bright colors on my eyes – that just don’t compliment my features. So I think just figuring out which Beyoncé works best for your figure and features.
For your upcoming role in the remake of “A Star Is Born,” you’ll be part of a lineage of gay icons including Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. How does it feel knowing that? Is it intimidating?
I’m slightly a bit intimated, I have to say. I feel a bit overwhelmed, and I’m still in shock. (Laughs) But the studio and Clint (Eastwood, the director) believe in me, and I feel like I’ve been really selective and I’ve waited and worked really hard and I’ve done different types of movies – from comedies to thrillers to drama when I played Etta James – and I really wanted to make sure I was ready. I do believe that at this point I am ready and I’ve been disciplined and I’ve surrounded myself with really good actors. I hope this is going to be as wonderful of an experience as I feel it’s going to be.
I just remember growing up seeing Barbra Streisand and knowing that she represented that generation’s star, and being an African-American woman and being the person that’s represented is such an honor. I respect it and I cherish it and I’m going to work so hard – harder than I’ve ever worked – to make sure that I live up to filling the shoes of those other women.
So Vixens- what do you think of the interview? Is there a need for artists like Beyoncé to mention gay fans exclusively?
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