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Beyonce Speaks Out

Beyonce. Dan Breen collects her thoughts

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by Dan Breen, for outsideleft.com
originally published: April, 2010
when I was 18 and I'd look out of the window to see girls going to parties with their boyfriends and think, 'How am I ever going to meet anybody?'
Dan Breen collects Beyonce's thoughts...

On Dressing Up: I do enjoy dressing up and I enjoy photo shoots and videos. It's a place where I can kind of live out a fantasy. But really when I'm at home, I'm the complete opposite. I like heels and I do love stilettos but I don't wear diamonds or make-up when I'm off - I don't walk around dressed in pink diamonds every day.

On the Obamas: Barack's just a very special person and he was born to do what he does, and his wife Michelle was born to do what she does - she holds him down. It was very exciting for me to meet her as well. She's so warm. Both of them are. She's a huge inspiration for me. When we met at the big inauguration performance Michelle was there talking to everyone, and she looks you right in the eyes. To see how gracious they are reminds me of how I'm supposed to be.

On Diana Ross: Diana Ross is a big inspiration to all of us. We all grew up watching everything about her -- her mike placement, her grace, her style and her class.

On McDonald's: The great thing about McDonald's is that they have a lot of different things on the menu. I love their salads.

On Style: My style offstage is so different from onstage. I love a pair of sexy heels with jeans, a nice jacket, or a little dress. Heels and nice earrings -- I always have to have that! I try to work with things that are good for my body. There are things I love that my sister can wear, but she's thinner and has a different build. I [may] think it's so sexy, but I know that I'm not going to look the same in it.

On Looking For Love: There were certain moments when I was 18 and I'd look out of the window to see girls going to parties with their boyfriends and think, 'How am I ever going to meet anybody?' I couldn't just go on a date, and nobody was going to ask me out. I was working too hard and not exposed to people my own age. But now I'm in such a great place and I'm happy that I've found the person I've found. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

On What She Can't Do Without: Right now, it's my Louis Vuitton bag. It feels like a piece of art. But it changes all the time. Lorraine Schwartz, a friend of mine who is a jeweler, has a monkey series of "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil." I always, at all times, either have the ring or the necklace because it protects me. I love to see women with their own version of that -- something that makes you feel protected.

On Working Out: I work out a lot, about an hour and a half a day. I do circuit training, treadmill, I run about two and a half miles. Oh, and I do a lot of squats for my quads, thighs and booty. I love big strong legs and I already have curvy ones, so I have to make sure I keep them tight. I have a great trainer, but I don't enjoy working out at all!'

On Love: There's definitely a dangerous feeling when you're in love - it's giving your heart to someone else and knowing that they have control over your feelings. I know for me, who always tries to be so tough, that's the dangerous thing. 

On the 'hood: I grew up in a very nice house in Houston, went to private school all my life and I've never even been to the 'hood. Not that there's anything wrong with the 'hood.

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