Beyoncé is one of the most famous singers on Earth, but she's no diva. In her candid interview with SHAPE magazine, the Houston native proves she's all heart, while still working her curves for the camera with a level of fierceness that only the pop queen could achieve.
Beyoncé is always pushing herself to be her best, and this year is no different, even after becoming a mother and gaining 57 pounds during her pregnancy. "I didn't have a lot of time to lose the weight because I scheduled a show three months after I gave birth, which I would never do again!" she laughed.
Beyoncé says a healthy diet and dance workouts helped her reclaim her pre-baby body.
"Talking about weight can be a very touchy subject for women, but Beyonce was willing to do it because she wanted to make every woman out there feel like she too could achieve what she did," says SHAPE editor-in-chief Tara Kraft.
While Beyoncé has been in the limelight for years, her megastar status has only ascended in 2013, from her controversial yet stunning performance at the presidential inauguration to her jaw-dropping Super Bowl halftime show, and the airing of her documentary Life is But a Dream on HBO in February. With a new tour "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" starting in April and an album due out at the end of the year, she isn't slowing down any time soon.
To read the complete interview with Beyoncé, pick up a copy of our April issue, and watch the video below for a peek behind the scenes at our cover shoot. Also, tell us what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #BeyonceinSHAPE, or snap a Beyoncé-inspired photo on Instagram, and your feedback may be featured on Shape.com or Beyonce.com.