Beyonce Knowles For W Magazine July 2011

Beyonce Knowles sizzles on the cover of the July 2011 edition of W Magazine wearing a Louis Vuitton top and hat with a Givenchy silk satin bra which was captured by Patrick Demarchelier.

The rest of her editorial sees her wearing Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Gucci Fall 2011 pieces.

In her interview she shares why she named her new album, “4” plus her vision and inspiration for the tracks.

You can read the whole “Fierce, Fearless, Female” interview at

Here are some extracts:

On deciding on the feel of a video as she sings a song: “When I sing a song, I definitely have the image for the video in my mind. I kind of hear the choreography that will be in the video, and I can see how I’ll look, even before anyone – the record company, the director – has heard the song.”

On her new album titled 4: “The fans have named the album 4. And four is my favorite number. It’s an important number in my life: the date of my birthday, my mom’s birthday, my husband’s birthday, the day I got married. Barack Obama is the 44th president, and I performed ‘At Last’ by Etta James at his inauguration.”

On wanting to move out of her comfort zone on 4: “I wanted this record to come from a raw place. Playing Etta James in the movie ­Cadillac Records really changed me. It was a darker character, and I realized that if anything is too comfortable, I want to run from it. It’s no fun being safe.”

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci bra, skirt, glasses and necklace

Louis Vuitton jacket, shorts, hat, mask, gloves, socks and shoes

Nina Ricci bra and briefs and Gucci shrug. Louis Vuitton hat, mask and boots; Solange Azagury-Partridge necklace

Dolce & Gabbana dress, Philip Treacy beret, Munnu/The Gem Palace earrings

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci bra, Atsuko Kudo briefs and Marc Jacobs top. Marc Jacobs headband; Ofira earrings; Prabal Gurung gloves; Louis Vuitton belt, socks and shoes; Wolford hoisery

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci sweater, skirt, cap and shoes. Lorraine Schwartz earrings; David Yurman ring.

Marc Jacobs’s cotton and silk lace blouse; Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci’s silk satin bra; Louis Vuitton’s leather and fur shorts. Marc Jacobs beret; David Yurman’s silver, black rhodium, and diamond earrings; de Grisogono’s 18k white gold and diamond cuff; Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci shoes.

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  • Joann

    Beautiful natural gorgeous it is Mrs Beyonce 🙂

  • Valeria

    she has such an adorable bum, strong beautiful legs and they just photoshopped it all away. Shame

  • lily

    I don’t understand why pictures of an already gorgeous woman and shot by Patrick Demarchelier need so many photoshop.. it’s ridiculous.. love the Givenchy ensembles though..

    • Clover

      Agreed. They’ve taken most of her legs away! We love her how she is.

  • LizLemooooon

    Beyonce looks fabulous here! The ones were they lightened her eyebrows are a bit weird but otherwise a great shoot full of some amazing fashion. Love that her promo has officially kicked off.

  • herb tea

    The photoshop is hilarious.

  • Cheryl Wong

    She looks horrible, a little desperate almost. The Dolce & Gabbana makeup made her look like a drag queen and I almost didn’t recognize her. There had to be some sort of animation in her expression. She’s letting the clothes wear her. I don’t mind photoshop now and then, just to touch up the little details but this is going overboard. Beyonce always feels like she’s trying too hard to look fierce and that pout seems like the only thing in her arsenal that she uses to look that way.

  • Elizabeth

    I totally agree with all the comments about photoshop!! She looks like a drag queen in nearly all the photos!

  • Megan

    Who is the woman in the 5th shot?!?!?

    • cara

      omg your right! when i first scrolled through i was only taking notice of her outfits but then i read all the comments about the photoshopping and thought i should take a closer look.

      the 5th photo is just weird. seriously if i didnt know this was beyonce i would think it was some random model

      in the last photo she looks like a drag queen!

  • Alfie

    Everything is OTT which is I’m sure was what they were going for, I love it!

  • JJovana

    I agree with everyone above, this is photoshop overload. She doesnt look human.

  • AJoanna

    Pretty woman+ridiculous photoshop= MEH.
    Just let the women shine, editors.

  • Tatiana

    She doesn’t even look like a real woman here, the Photoshop is waaaay too exaggerated, and makes the pictures (and her I might add) look too plastic and weird :S

  • Matt

    These can’t be considered photography if they rely on photoshop to do 80% of the work, She is so unrecognizable in these images

  • Cross

    Beyonce and Givenchy are perfect together

  • Kath

    The photo-shop is RIDICULOUS!! I do love the styling though – but she is utterly unrecognizable in the second half of the photos.

    • You are right, but I think it’s also because of the eyebrows, they covered them in some photos, the ones where I didn’t recognized her at all!

    • mol

      I agree…….it’s distracting the way they have gone overboard, it becomes cartoonish instead of having a sexy pulsating vibe….sometimes I’m ok with a certain amount of photoshop in order to gain an aesthetic goal but here, it’s almost insulting….

  • dee

    I only like the cover and the LV photo.

  • heather

    I’m so sick of Photoshop! The photos and colours are beautiful, but it’s so distracting knowing that isn’t her real body we’re seeing. She’s got a gorgeous figure – why can’t the magazines celebrate that, instead of making her look half her size?

    • NY

      So true.

    • dee

      I know her legs look different.

      • Rebecca Z

        and her face

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