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Beyonce in Bazaar: "To Me, Jay Represents the American Dream"

Click image to enlarge. Credit: Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar.
Click image to enlarge. Credit: Terry Richardson for Harper's Bazaar.

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Get a sneak preview at Harper's Bazaar's interview with the very-pregnant Beyonce Knowles in the November issue, which hits newsstands on October 25th. We love the subscriber edition cover, above, shot by Terry Richardson. Ooh, and we've got select excerpts from the interview, after the jump.

On pregnancy and motherhood:

It was important to me that I gave myself time to focus on becoming the woman I want to be, building my empire, my relationship, and my self-worth, before I became a mother. Now God has blessed us with the ultimate.
On her husband, Jay-Z:
We have been together since I was 20 years old. We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married. I admire his ability to inspire others. To me, Jay represents the American dream. Jay’s music has helped define our generation. All that he has overcome and worked to achieve gives millions hope that they can become whatever they want to be. I respect him so much; he is a great man and a great artist.
In a rare moment of candor about their relationship, she continues:
We focused three years on our marriage and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want. The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities. There’s someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you.
Beyoncé, like her hit single, is ready to run the world:
I am finally at the stage in my life where I am not so concerned with other people’s opinions about my life decisions. It is so liberating to really know what I want, what truly makes me happy, what I will not tolerate. I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.
On her current fashion inspirations:
I love Kate Moss. I think she has great style. And I always admire Victoria Beckham and Gisele [Bündchen]. Their style is modern but always classic.
· Beyonce's Baby Love [Harper's Bazaar]