When Beyonce decides to do an interview, she calls the shots.
ELLE magazine boasts a rare sit-down exclusive with Queen Bey in their May issue, and ET's fashion correspondent and former ELLE creative director, Joe Zee, got an inside look into how the publication was able to land such a coveted cover girl.
"[Beyonce's] done more ELLE covers than any other celeb. She trusts us," ELLE editor-in-chief, Robbie Myers, told ET. "If anyone knows how to deal with the press, it's Beyonce. She gets interest and scrutiny like any other."
Meyers told ET that the 34-year-old singer was "absolutely professional" when working with the magazine. "She arrived the moment she said she would be there for her call time," Meyers touted.
In her interview with the publication, Beyonce proclaims that "power is making things happen without asking for permission." She exercised that "power" when she had Tamar Gottesman, a relatively unknown reporter, conduct the interview. While Gottesman's last story for ELLE was two years ago about engagement rings, her father, billionaire Noam Gottesman, is a friend of Beyonce's and her husband, Jay Z. In fact, the A-list couple attended the hedge fund manager's wedding last year.
"If you think about it, Beyonce has done thousands of interviews in her entire career, but if you actually put a friend with a personal relationship in front of her, you're going to get a dialog," Zee pointed out. "That's a win-win for ELLE and Beyonce."
And while the "Single Ladies" singer certainly looks flawless channeling Flashdance in her ELLE photo spread, she told the magazine that her focus isn't on being 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 -- who just announced the launch of her athleisure brand, Ivy Park, last week -- explained. "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."
Check out the video below to see Beyonce slay in the ad for Ivy Park.