Jan. 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM ET
When we delivered the incredible Beyonce image from the cover of GQ magazine on Wednesday, we didn't know what additional plans the magazine had in store for their coverage of the singer. We were so taken with the image, it didn't really matter.
The magazine has followed up on its promise that news surrounding Bey "will just get better," and they delivered. GQ on Thursday named her "the hottest woman of the 21st century." As part of the package, they did get an interview with the new mom, who talks not about her obvious physical attributes, but the work ethic that got her to where she is today. That is, meeting the goal that by the time she was 30 years old, she could do what she wanted.
"I've reached that," Beyonce told the magazine. "I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it."
Beyonce also teased her upcoming Super Bowl performance, saying she's prepped like many of the players you'll see on the field.
"One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete," she said. "You know how they sit down and watch whoever they’re going to play and study themselves? That’s how I treat this. I watch my performances, and I wish I could just enjoy them, but I see the light that was late. I see, 'Oh God, that hair did not work.' Or 'I should never do that again.' I try to perfect myself. I want to grow, and I’m always eager for new information."
The work ethic has been something that's been obvious since Beyonce was a young girl. Her younger sister Solange Knowles recalls "early-on memories" of Beyonce trying to nail performances.
"I specifically remember her taking a line out of a song or a routine and just doing it over and over and over again until it was perfect and it was strong," Knowles said. "At age 10, when everybody else was ready to say, 'Okay, I’m tired, let’s take a break,' she wanted to continue -- to ace it and overcome it."
The February issue of GQ is available on newsstands Jan. 22.