Pop stars Beyonce and Christina Aguilera grace separate covers of W magazine’s July 2011 issue. Beyonce is wearing a Louis Vuitton ensemble with a Givenchy silk-satin bra. Christina posed nude with a bouquet of roses. Inside, Beyonce discusses moving out of her comfort zone, while Christina discusses her childhood.
Beyonce on moving out of her comfort zone for her new album, 4: “I wanted this record to come from a raw place. Playing Etta James in the movie Cadillac Records really changed me. It was a darker character, and I realized that if anything is too comfortable, I want to run from it. It’s no fun being safe.”
Christina on her childhood: “I felt caged by my childhood. And unsafe: Bad things happened in my home; there was violence. The Sound of Music looked like a form of release. I would open my bedroom window to sing out like Maria. In my own way, I’d be in those hills.”
Also in this issue (the Music Issue): stories on Kanye West, Florence Welch, Janelle Monae, M.I.A., and more. For more, pick up the July 2011 issue when it arrives on newsstands on June 21, or head to WMagazine.com.