Beyoncé had so much to say in GQ’s February cover story. And now, in the wake of that piece (not to mention news of her upcoming Super Bowl reunion with Destiny’s Child), so do her fans. Twitter was on fire about the GQ article and her shoot with Terry Richardson after its release, and it was clear that fans wanted more Queen Bey. That’s why GQ is proud to share interview and photo shoot outtakes from the February issue cover shoot, along with a playfully sexy behind-the-scenes video, all available now on GQ.com.
From an outtake that didn't make the GQ story:
Ed Burke, Beyonce's visual director and the co-director of her new film, knows precisely when his boss first realized she needed to exert more control over her realm. It was in 2005, he says, when MTV shot a bunch of footage of her, but later wouldn't let her use it. "Back in the day, MTV used to do all the B-roll for making a video," Burke says. "They did that, and used it for whatever they shot it for." But he says that when Beyonce asked to use the footage for her own purposes, MTV told her "she had to pay. She goes, 'But it's my image.' That's where it all started."
Beyonce hired Burke, a Brit who trained to be a teacher, not a filmmaker, as a full-time videographer. Early on, he wasn't entirely sure what she wanted him to do. "I will always remember one day, I was sitting in the back of the car, filming, and Bey and Angie, her cousin, were sitting in the front seat, talking about life, and Bey looked round, and goes, 'Oh, you don't have to film this.' And I said, 'Well, how do I know if it's going to be good?' And Angie laughed, and goes, 'He's got a point.' From then on, the access has been incredible, to the point where every facet of her life I've shot."
Here's the way it works now: If MTV or Access Hollywood or anyone else wants some footage of Beyonce and Beyonce thinks it's a good idea, Burke shoots it and lets them borrow it. "It's a win-win," Burke says. "They get better access—that's what we tell them—because I'm in the dressing room, where they would never be," he says. But Beyonce owns the footage. Same with still photos.
Beyoncé truly is beloved by her fans, she really cant do no wrong, even her out takes are amazing. I cant imagine anyone that hasn’t seen her photos from the article but these out takes show a playful, beautiful and a sort of real side of queen Bey that we rarely get to see. The video is equally insightful. Enjoy the queen, B.
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