With the release date for Beyoncé’s new CD titled 4 less than four weeks away, the buzz around her is at an all-time high. Naturally, Essence tapped the superstar for its July 2011 issue and she also writes her first cover story, titled “The Year That Changed My Life”.

Beyoncé shares how taking a break from work and fame really ignited her creativity and totally revamped her outlook on life:

“I had talked about taking a vacation before, but always ended up in the studio after two weeks, so no one believed me. This time, though, I was serious. I was going to give myself a year to do the things I never get to do. Simple things like play with my nephew, pick him up from school, visit museums, go to concerts, see some Broadway shows, learn to cook a meal and spend time with my husband… Yes, I needed some relaxation, but I wanted inspiration too, from regular everyday things. They did not have to be over-the-top productions. I was looking for tiny moments that would speak to my heart and make me smile…”

On the cover, she sports her signature blonde hair, this time in a retro beehive with dark eyebrows and pink lips. She is definitely giving Hollywood pin-up girl which makes us anxious to see the looks in her fashion spread.

4 will hit stores on June 28th. Visit www.essence.com for more information.

What do you think of Beyoncé’s Essence cover?

-Faith Cummings

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