Beyoncé, one of the world's biggest female music artists, rarely grants interviews, but an art and fashion magazine managed to snag the chance to talk to the pop superstar. In between discussions about art, her last Super Bowl appearance and her inspirations, the Grammy-winning artist also recommended one particular book that her fans should be reading.
Queen Bey told Garage magazine that she looks up to her mother Tina Knowles as her real-life hero. She hopes to emulate her values in raising her own daughter Blue Ivy.
"She has taught me about caring for others, working hard and working smart," the singer said. "Everything I know about being a mother comes from the examples she has shown. My mother has instilled confidence in my sister and me and taught us to always be grateful."
Many young girls look up to the "Formation" singer as their real-life hero, but Beyoncé reveals she's also inspired by other women. She recommends that her younger fans read the book "What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?" by Marianne Schnall to discover these women. "It's a collection of interviews and essays by great women, including Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem and Melissa Etheridge. They will inspire you to become a better leader."
Published in 2013, the book received a nearly four-star rating on Goodreads. "What an empowering book," one review stated. "A series of interviews with both women and men who are at the forefront of the push for equality, this book makes the case for the need for increased participation by women at the highest levels in many spheres of life."
The author compiled the interviews and anecdotes after the 2008 election when her daughter asked her questions about women presidents. "I think it wasn't as much that I didn't have an answer for her necessarily, but that I had so many - and it felt hard to boil it down into a short and simple statement for me to deliver to an 8-year-old girl in a way that would empower her rather than dis-empower her," Schnall said.
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Beyoncé's full interview with Garage can be downloaded via the magazine's app.