Beyoncé: 'There is power in community'

Beyoncé: 'There is power in community'

Beyoncé says she wants to build a community where women of all races can share ideas and support each other.

Beyoncé for Harper's BAZAAR
Beyoncé on the September cover of Harper's BAZAAR/ Instagram

Queen B is all about "girl power"! Beyoncé says many women have influenced the person she is today. 

Speaking to Harper's BAZAAR, the 'Single Ladies' hitmaker says her close friends and family are "brilliant women who run companies, are entrepreneurs, mothers, wives". 

"Kelly [Rowland] and Michelle [Williams] are still my best friends. I gravitate toward strong, grounded women like my incredible sister, Solange. She is full of wisdom, and she is the dopest person I know," the singer said. 

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Beyoncé, who will be turning 40 in September, says there is "power in community". 

"I saw that growing up the daughter of a salon owner... I was exposed to so many entrepreneurial women that I admired. Doctors, business owners, artists, teachers, mothers—they all came through my mom’s salon. I saw firsthand how a salon can be a sanctuary for women."

The Grammy Award winner believes women should take care of each other. 

"I want to build a community where women of all races can communicate and share some of those secrets, so we can continue to support and take care of each other. I want to give women a space to feel their own strength and tell their stories. That is power."

Beyoncé says like many women, she also feels the pressure to be the backbone of her family and her company. 

"[I] didn’t realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being. I have not always made myself a priority. I’ve personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life... But I know that to give the best of me, I have to take care of myself and listen to my body," she told Harper's BAZAAR.

She says taking care of your mental health is equally important.

"In the past, I spent too much time on diets, with the misconception that self-care meant exercising and being overly conscious of my body. My health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I’m feeding my mind and my body—those are the things that I’ve been focusing on. Mental health is self-care too."

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