Beyonce graces the cover of the February issue of GQ – and a leaked photo that hit the Web on Wednesday indicates it’s going to be one hot issue.
The 31-year-old singer/actress – who gave birth to her daughter Blue Ivy a year ago – shows major skin in the men’s mag, posing in a cut-off football shirt and animal-print panties. Proving she is still bootylicious, she struck a sultry pose as well, holding her hair up while casting a seductive look.
Though Jay-Z’s wife has been famous since her Destiny’s Child days, this could possibly be her sexiest magazine cover ever. The megastar has stripped down for magazines on other occasions, but perhaps none more revealing than this, which is promoting her much-touted Super Bowl performance in February. Some other memorable covers featuring the “Dreamgirls” star include her wearing a cleavage-exposing wet tuxedo shirt on the cover of Vibe, appearing in a pink string bikini with see-thru gym shorts on the British FHM, donning a frayed ab-exposing top on the Brazilian Nova, and dressing in frilly lingerie on the Spanish DTLux.
One thing is for sure: It’s certainly Beyonce’s hottest photo shoot since becoming a mom in January 2012. But make no mistake – she’s worked hard to regain her famous figure. Just four months after giving birth, she told the audience at a concert in Atlantic City, “Y'all have no idea how hard I worked. I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on that treadmill. I ate lettuce!”
In addition to sweating it out on the treadmill, "I counted calories,” she told People last year. “I worked out maybe three to four times a week. I did a lot walking in the beginning and now I'm running. But I had to work my way up. I couldn't just go right from being pregnant to running." Additionally, "I lost most of my weight from breast-feeding and I encourage women to do it,” she told the magazine. “It's just so good for the baby and good for yourself.”
It was announced on Wednesday that Beyonce will be among the performers at President Obama’s upcoming inauguration, but on New Year’s Eve, she sang at a private Vegas concert. Designer Rubin Singer, who dressed her in a show-stopping custom gold unitard for the event, sings her praises in a new interview. In addition to noting that she is lovely, polite, and generous, he told Glamour that Beyonce and her sister, Solange Knowles, are "the only celebrities that always dry clean and send clothes back in a box, with a handwritten thank you note. They are true ladies."
And she’s not a diva. "When you do a fitting with her, she doesn't keep you waiting half a day like some celebrities do," he says. "When she's there, she's present and honest and grateful."