Beyonce Channels Marilyn Monroe In Topless Magazine Photos – it might seem an unlikely scenario but Beyonce is seen channeling Marilyn Monroe in a set of photos (some of them topless) for the latest issue of Out magazine.
In keeping with its vintage Marilyn theme the photos by top New York fashion photographers Santiago and Mauricio are all in black and white. Santiago and Mauricio are known for their atmospheric shots and much of their earlier work has also been shot in black and white, still a favourite of many professional photographers.
Some of the sexier shots in the Out feature show Beyonce wearing a Marilyn style blonde wig posing topless in a basque while covering both her breasts with her hands. Apart from the wig and black basque the only other thing the singer is wearing is a long pearl necklace.
The May issue of Out has been titled its Power Issue and inside 32-year old Beyonce talks about her thoughts on female power and sexuality:
“Women should own their sexuality. There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims. Women are so much more than that. You can be a businesswoman, a mother, an artist, and a feminist—whatever you want to be—and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”
The interview was conducted during the Scottish leg of Beyonce’s recent Mrs Carter tour and she talks about all the hard work that went into putting the tour together as well as her recent self-titled 5th studio album that was released in December last year. The album broke ground by being released with no PR hype or build-up and took the music industry by surprise. It not only received much critical acclaim but also went on to be Number 1 in the Billboard 200 chart as well as becoming the fastest selling album in the history of iTunes.
Of the themes in that ground-breaking 5th album Beyonce says:
‘I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make. I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle…But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority…We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love.’
You can see all of those great Santiago and Mauricio photos as well as reading the entire interview on the Out website now. There are also some links to some new Beyonce remixes on the site.