Beyoncé did another mini-interview with an independent magazine. It seems like she's done with granting open-ended interviews with mainstream publications.
In the lucky outlet, Garage magazine, the music icon opened up her proudest moment, her biggest hero and why she's such a huge fan of art. The YBF has highlights from the interview, which is available in its entirety only to Garage's app subscribers.
"Out of everything I've accomplished, my proudest moment, hands down, was when I gave birth to my daughter, Blue," Beyoncé said.
She credits her mother with teaching her invaluable lessons about working efficiently and being compassionate toward others: "My biggest hero is and always will be my mother. She has taught me about caring for others, working hard and working smart. Everything I know about being a mother comes from the examples she has shown. My mother has instilled confidence in my sister and me and taught us to always be grateful."
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She's also the queen of her world and is more confident than ever about what she does and how she'll do.
"Over time, I have learned to focus on the things I want to focus on in the time frame that I set," she explained. "I no longer have to work based on someone else's expectations or pressure. I put enough pressure on myself! I love being 100 percent involved with all my projects, and now I'm fortunate enough to do that."
With regards to art, she said that she's "most drawn to painting and photography."
"There's a release and an immediacy there that helps me escape from my other projects," she said. "I'm really into the work of Kara Walker, Tracey Emin, Aaron Young and Donald Judd."
Her husband, Jay Z, told his fans to read Ta-Nehisi Coates' book Between the World and Me; Beyoncé wants her fans to read What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? by Marianne Schnall.
"It's a collection of interviews and essays by great women, including Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem and Melissa Etheridge," she said. "They will inspire you to become a better leader."
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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.
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