Beyoncé covers the latest issue of BEAT Magazine, the free UK-based music paper that credits its origins to a window-less basement in East London. (Talk about a come up!) Shot by Photographer Ryan McGinley in the Hamptons, Yonce dons a red and white striped swimsuit with the American flag as a backdrop.

The cover, as the mag’s Features Editor Michael Cragg puts it, “encapsulates everything everybody loves about Beyoncé” noting her effortless cool, her bold presence and highlighting the fact that she really is the one true American Idol.

The issue drops October 21st and you can check out more on their website.

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