Leaked GQ cover names Beyonce 'The Sexiest Woman of the 21st Century'

Men’s magazine GQ are not exactly known for celebrating feminism or investigative journalism, but somewhere in an editorial room, the team that intermittently awards titles like “The World’s Most Voluptuous Virgin” came up with another cracker – February’s imminent “100 Sexiest Women of the 21st Century” list.

We’re not sure, exactly, how you’d quantify results of a research project such as that, but what we do know of the degrading catalogue is that Queen Bey topped it. The magazine’s cover starring of one of pop culture’s most formidable icons was leaked via Instagram on Monday, and subsequently GQ have put out an HD version of the cover online. (Also, in case you were worried, “Kate Upton, Megan Fox, Mila Kunis & all your favourite Jessicas” made the cut too – a screening process, we’re sure, was nothing short of scrupulous.)


Scantily clad in a baseball sports top, red and black leopard print underwear and a gold neck and belly chain respectively, the former Destiny’s Child front woman looks absolutely dazzling (and, OK, sexy) in the exclusive Terry Richardson shoot, but even that taut tummy and silky skin doesn’t erase GQ’s habit of frivolously handing out dodgy accolades. If you recall, late last year the publication was ripped to shreds by every women’s (and mainstream) media outlet after slapping a naked Lana Del Rey on their “Woman of the Year” cover, awarding her with the revered title (an honour, we learnt “has absolutely no basis other than a convincing a hot, sell-able woman to strip, pose and do not much else aside from generate publicity for the magazine”).

Let’s consider the pattern for a moment:

Of course, GQ aren’t necessarily doing anything new (or different from outlets that daily use sexualised women as bait) but really, sexiest woman of the century? Haven’t we been over making sweeping 100-year-spanning statements since Michael Jackson’s 2002 “Artist of the Century” AMA? Apparently not.

In any case, the $50-million-lady (that’s how much Pepsi pays Beyonce to sell their sparkly stuff) has largely been graced with good feedback for the cover (when does she get anything but?!) and perhaps this was just another move in her plan to abandon pop stardedness – “I’m over being a pop star. I don’t wanna be a hot girl — I wanna be iconic” – and move into world domination.

There was one thing though...  we really are reconsidering those fake-pregnancy rumours. That is not the body of a woman who has given birth.

All images via GQ Magazine.

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