Beyonce Knowles-Carter has marked her return to showbusiness with an iconic British Vogue photoshoot, following a six-year musical hiatus.
The superstar, 40, who released her last album Lemonade in 2016, wore an incredible gold metal hooded Schiaparelli dress which had a plunging neckline and showed off her incredible curves as she smouldered in front of the camera.
Sporting a short jagged fringe, she wore giant Saturn statement earrings as she sat in front of a red backdrop with the brief: ‘Beyonce turns up the heat.’
A second image sees the muscian wearing Junya Watanabe leather and chunky Harris Reed And Roker platforms boots as she lay across a motorbike, while sporting black lipstick, while smoke fills up the front of the frame.
Beyoncé is BACK! ‘Evolving’ Superstar wore a revealing gold hooded gown and statement earrings by Schiaparelli as she marked her return to music following a six-year hiatus with an iconic British Vogue photoshoot for the July issue
Hear her roar! She slipped into a Junya Watanabe leather ensemble and Harris Reed & Roker platform boots to ride a motorbike ahead of her seventh album release, Renaissance next month
The mother-of-three – fresh from doing the school run, (she and Jay-Z are parents to Blue Ivy, nine, and twins Sir and Rumi, five), then sat atop a horse on a dancefloor for the cover image wearing a skintight black dress and giant headpiece for an image shot back in April, post-Oscars.
Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful styled and interviewed the superstar for the iconic shoot, revealing: ‘New music is coming – a thrilling abundance of it.’
Writing about the process of creating Rafael Pavarotti’s jaw dropping ‘fashion fantasia’ photoshoot for the issue, he gave an fantastic insight into what happened on set, writing that Beyonce liked to send him ‘excellent and lengthy texts as they brainstormed ideas for the shoot together .
Riding around: She sat atop a horse wearing a black skintight dress and a mega headpiece as she literally ‘turned up the heat’ for the cover
A moment: Edward shared the cover on Twitter on Thursday writing about Beyonce’s ‘evolution’
He said: ‘It was a magical mood and soon B was walking around feeling easy and free to be herself. Her husband and kids came to surprise her on set. It was a family day out – albeit a slightly surreal one.’
Edward noted that Beyonce’s ‘armor is so lowered, her laughter so infectious, her skin so glowy, she honestly looks like a teenager’ (pictured in June)
He also gave an insight into what it was like visiting the family home, saying: ‘I find myself truly en famille, sitting at Beyoncé’s dinner table on a Sunday night.
‘I’m a little stunned at how relaxed it all is…As a scrumptious dinner of ribs, cream corn, peas and mashed potatoes is served, I’m not sure the mood could be any cosier.
‘At this point, her ironclad devotion to professionalism and privacy is legendary and yet here she is at home with her hair loose, not a stitch of make-up on, wearing a hoodie, just being herself.’
Edward notes that Beyonce’s ‘armor is so lowered, her laughter so infectious, her skin so glowy, she honestly looks like a teenager.’
‘”My earth, my heart, my soil and my sanity” is how she refers to her innermost unit, and a great deal of protection goes into allowing her to experience her pocket of the world as calmly as possible…This is a precious time in her life. Now 40, she’s feeling so good as a mother, an artist and a woman.’
Sharing the cover image on Twitter, Enninful wrote: ‘@Beyonce is poised for her next evolution, one that promises vision, grace – and something a little bit extra… In the July 2022 issue of British Vogue.’
Shot by Rafael Pavarotti, the image comes just hours after Beyonce announced she is finally releasing her highly-anticipated seventh studio album, Renaissance, which she played to Edward on her laptop while they sit on sofas.
The R&B diva- who boasts 348.5M social media followers – changed her Instagram/Twitter bios to read: ‘Act i RENAISSANCE 7.29.’
Edward shared: ‘The creation has been a long process, she explains, with the pandemic giving her far longer to spend thinking and re-thinking every decision. Just the way she likes it.
‘We are all ready to escape, travel, love and laugh again’: Beyonce surprised fans by announcing she will release new album Renaissance on July 29… and fans have gone wild
The 40-year-old R&B diva – who boasts 348.5M social media followers – changed her Instagram/Twitter bios to read: ‘act i RENAISSANCE 7.29’
Images to be revealed at a future date! Beyoncé fans can now pre-order the four $39.99 Renaissance box sets, which come in different mystery ‘poses’ and includes a T-shirt, CD, 28-page booklet, and mini-poster
Dropping hints: Knowles-Carter first hinted that the follow-up to her hit 2016 visual album Lemonade would represent a ‘renaissance’ last August
‘I’ve been in the studio for a year and a half. Sometimes it takes a year for me to personally search through thousands of sounds to find just the right kick or snare. One chorus can have up to 200 stacked harmonies.
‘Still, there’s nothing like the amount of love, passion, and healing that I feel in the recording studio. After 31 years, it feels just as exciting as it did when I was nine years old. Yes, the music is coming!’
Beyoncé added: ‘I have paid my due and followed every rule for decades, so now I can break the rules that need to be broken. My wish for the future is to continue to do everything everyone thinks I can’t do.’
Knowles-Carter’s fans understandably went wild on Twitter, posting funny memes that best illustrated their excitement over Renaissance
American fans can now pre-order the four $39.99 Renaissance box sets, which come in different mystery ‘poses’ and includes a T-shirt, CD, 28-page booklet, and mini-poster.
There are going to be 16 tracks featured on the new album.
On Tuesday, The Sun reported that the Houston-born Texan’s team has already been ‘scouting venues’ in the UK for ‘live experiences, intimate shows, and other pop-up performances.’
‘Queen B is back!’ Knowles-Carter’s fans understandably went wild on Twitter, posting funny memes that best illustrated their excitement over Renaissance
Fans went absolutely wild over the news.
They took to Twitter in their droves and wrote: ‘Beyonce with 16 songs? I better hear 1-2 songs that are at least 6 minutes long.’
‘Aaaaaaaaaaaah Queen B is back.’
‘Omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg’ and ‘outta my body RN.’
The latest news comes after Beyonce’s eldest daughter, Blue Ivy, 10, attended the NBA Finals with her famous musician father, Jay-Z, 52.
Jay-Z wasn’t immune from having an embarrassing dad moment as he left his daughter cringing in San Francisco on Monday.
The adorable moment left viewers in hysterics as they quipped the youngster was the only one who could keep her superstar parents ‘humble.’
In the adorable clip, the rapper looked every inch the doting dad as he pulled Blue towards him for a cuddle and a kiss on the cheek, yet the preteen seemed a tad sheepish as she pulled away and laughed.
Journalist Philip Lewis shared a clip of the exchange, writing, ‘To us: Jay Z, the all time rap legend; To Blue Ivy: embarrassing dad.’
The July issue of British Vogue is available via digital download and on newsstands from Tuesday 21st June.
Hilarious: Jay Z, 52, wasn’t immune from having an embarrassing dad moment as he left daughter Blue Ivy, 10, cringing at the NBA Finals game in San Francisco on Monday