This much glitter seems excessive, even for a star like Beyonce who lives in a bubble of shining stardom and girl power. But maybe that’s the point. As the editorial to go with this cover of July / August 2013 Flaunt magazine rightly points out, Beyonce was not so much born as made, and it’s her carefully preened image that keeps her in the spotlight:

Beyonce Flaunt magazine cover glitter

Over the course of her career, she’s sculpted, coiffed, and polished her image to build a persona so globally recognizable, so singularly powerful, that it’s departed from being anything remotely attainable to become something revered and ethereal. And perfect—which is what she says she strives for.

Is that what all the glitter is about?

The cover was photographed by Tony Duran.

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