With the release of her latest album 4 only weeks away, Beyonce Knowles graces the covers of several magazines including Billboard and W. Her spread for Essence Magazine though is the most refreshing.

She writes her own cover story about “The Year That Changed [Her] Life” entitled “Eat, Play, Love.” It chronicles the time she took off to enjoy life’s simple pleasures like playing with her nephew and traveling with no agenda.

The accompanying photo shoot captures her Texas roots in a way we’ve never seen before.

Hanging out on the ranch and enjoying a home-cooked meal (complete with ice tea), Beyonce is a veritable Southern belle. She still manages to incorporate the latest fashions pairing a Michael Kors cut-out white swimsuit and an Emilio Pucci black tie-up caftan with chaps and vintage cowboy boots.

Seeing Beyonce in this environment is a welcome change. She seems fun and down-to-earth and still looks as beautiful as ever.

What do you think of Beyonce’s spread for Essence Magazine?

-Jessica C. Andrews



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