Beyoncé's Vogue Interview + HQ Pictures

A graceful Beyoncé covers the March 2013 “Power Issue” of Vogue Magazine. Just weeks before singing at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, Beyoncé invited Vogue writer Jason Gay into her life to begin compiling the cover story that unfolds in the new issue.

While Beyoncé showed quite a bit of skin for her February 2013 issue of GQ, she is fully-clothed and draped in elegance in these new photos, shot by Patrick Demarchelier.

Meeting Beyoncé

"...But now, with a break in shooting, she is ready to talk. I trail her through the studio, under a lighting boom and over tangles of cords and toward a narrow hallway where members of the Beyonctourage attend to various Beyoncé activities and a security guard in a gray suit protects a door. Beyoncé needs a minute. A short while later I am ushered to meet her in a private windowless dressing area with a small black couch. An unmanned video camera has been set up on a table—there, as always, to record Beyoncé in the act of being Beyoncé."

A little about her new album

"Then: Beyoncé’s latest solo album, which Beyoncé, ever the perfectionist, is still tinkering with at this moment. ‘I’m going to be tweaking,’ she says, smiling. 'I still have things to figure out.'"

Blue Ivy has "forever changed" Beyoncé

"But outside this little room, there’s a gentle, sweet, unmistakable noise. The soft cry of a baby. And though Beyoncé has started a thought about her new album, she pauses and listens and just visibly melts. And in this moment, it becomes clear that while her career and her business are vital and essential, the life of Beyoncé Knowles has forever changed."'

Going through labor

"'I felt very maternal around eight months,' she remembers. ‘And I thought I couldn’t become any more until I saw the baby. . . . But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door. And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain. . . . We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.'"

Center Stage
Beyoncé under the lights in an Alexander McQueen red organza dress with 3-D flower embroidery.

Earning Her Stripes
“I’m going to be tweaking,” she says of her next album. “I still have things to figure out.” Marni black silk-and-wool brocade top. Haider Ackermann black-and-silver striped jacquard pants.

Beautiful Dreamer
Making Life Is But a Dream for HBO was an exercise in self-exposure. “My story has never been told,” she says. Oscar de la Renta carnation-red organza-and-taffeta dress with ruflle embroidery. Alexander McQueen embellished sandals.

In Bloom
Beyoncé lives her life in front of cameras—the paparazzi’s as well as those of her own attendant videographers. Rochas flower-print silk-satin opera coat, sculpted bra, and high-waisted shorts.

Run the World
“I don’t feel like I have to please anyone. I feel free. I feel like I'm an adult.” Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci optic-white organza dress, blouse with poplin collar, wool trousers, and sandals.

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