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Beyoncé says that her power a double-edged sword. In a recent Q&A with Elle magazine, Bey referred to her power as a “blessing” and a “burden,” saying,

“It’s exciting. But having the power to make every final decision and being accountable for them is definitely a burden and a blessing. To me, power is making things happen without asking for permission. It’s affecting the way people perceive themselves and the world around them. It’s making people stand up with pride.”

She also talked about her fans referring to her as “perfection” saying,

“It’s really about changing the conversation. It’s not about perfection. It’s about purpose. We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health—take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish. The world will see you the way you see you, and treat you the way you treat yourself.”

This issue of Elle is on newsstands now.

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