Beyonce Channels ‘Flashdance’ in Sexy Pics, Explains the Meaning of Ivy Park

by Jackie Willis 9:40 AM PDT, April 04, 2016
Photo: ELLE

It's both a "burden and a blessing" to be Beyonce.

In a rare interview with Elle magazine, hitting newsstands April 6, Queen Bey opens up about the mission behind her new athleisure line, Ivy Park, and what comes with being your own boss.

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"To me, power is making things happen without asking for permission," Beyonce tells the publication. "It's affecting the way people perceive themselves and the world."

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While the 34-year-old diva does appear flawless channeling Flashdance in her ELLE photo spread, she says she's not focused on looking perfect.

"It's really about changing the conversation. It's not about perfection. It's about purpose. We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them," Beyonce explains. "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."

Photo: Elle Magazine

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Beyonce hopes Ivy Park will help promote that message of self-love. "It’s really the essence: to celebrate every woman and the body she’s in while always striving to be better," she shares. "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."

The "Flawless" singer added, "I think we all have that place we go to when we need to fight through something, set our goals and accomplish them."

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Beyonce shared a similar sentiment when she spoke to ET after she slayed her Super Bowl performance. "I wanted people to feel proud," Mrs. Carter said of her "Formation" song, "and have love for themselves." Check out our backstage interview, below: