Queen Beyonce shines like a star (and a BEAUTIFUL one at that) on the cover of the September 2010 issue of SELF Magazine!!

The 28-year-old all-around entertainer entertainer, who was just recently crowned the “Queen of Pop” by Billboard, talks about how good it makes her feel to be able to give back, what motivates her, who inspires her, her proudest accomplishment and more in her cover feature for the women’s magazine.

Check out her quotes below:

Her secret passion:
“I watched my parents get involved in [community charities], and that taught me how important it is to ‘give ’til it hurts.’ I saw how happy you could make people, whether just giving someone a hug, having a conversation or spending some time, and it became a part of me. I’ve realized that sometimes it helps a cause more if I talk publicly about it. That’s what increases awareness.”

What motivates her:
“Sisterhood means everything to me. All the charities I’m involved with are special, but I find any organization that focuses on women and children really motivating. GEMS and the young ladies the nonprofit helps are very close to my heart. And what I took away from the clients at Phoenix House changed my life. These were real people who touched me so much that I had to go beyond making a donation. They’re gaining skills at the Cosmetology Center, which will help them earn a living and find their way out of substance abuse—it’s a testament to the possibility of second chances.”

Who inspires her:
“My mother, Tina Knowles. She’s an incredibly loving person who is the first to make time for others.”

Her proudest accomplishment:
“Singing ‘At Last’ for President Barack Obama on his inauguration night was a personal accomplishment for me, both as a performer and an American.”

What she does when she’s not touring and/or making music:
“I love going to dinners, seeing plays, visiting museums and spending time with family and friends. I know it’s time to jump back into my work when everything I do starts inspiring lyrics and melodies and I can’t keep myself out of the studio.”

One thing she’d like to change about herself:
“I promise I’m working on this, but I could be less messy at home and keep the clothes in my closet and off the floor!”

How you can make a difference:
“Think about what truly touches you and motivates you to help, then start locally. Once it’s in your heart to give, you’ll have to follow through. I am a happy woman—very happy—because I know that I’ve worked hard, and I love being able to give back.”

Source: SELF Magazine

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