Beyonce appears in a platinum blonde wig on the cover of Out magazine’s "Power Issue," in which she discusses the work and secrets behind the surprise album that took over the music world last December — and more.

When her interviewer points out that Beyonce is her “most sexually liberated project,” the performer explains, “I’d like to believe that my music opened up that conversation. There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality.”

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“There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists,” says Beyonce. “Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that.”

She adds, “You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist — whatever you want to be — and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”

While Beyonce has perfectionist tendencies, she was also forced to change course at certain points in the process.

“When I recorded ‘XO’ I was sick with a bad sinus infection,” reveals the star. “I recorded it in a few minutes just as a demo and decided to keep the vocals. I lived with most of the songs for a year and never rerecorded the demo vocals.”

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She explains, “I really loved the imperfections, so I kept the original demos. I spent the time I’d normally spend on backgrounds and vocal production on getting the music perfect. There were days I spent solely on getting the perfect mix of sounds for the snare alone.” CLICK HERE for the full article!