Bow Down! Beyonce Covers TIME Magazine's '100 Most Influential' Issue

24 April 2014 by


Beyonce has been named a 'Titan' by Time magazine. The singer is on the cover of the title's '100 Most Influential People' issue for 2014.

The annual edition celebrates the artists, leaders, pioneers, titans and icons who are changing the world, with each of the 100 influencers picked celebrated for a famous fan. Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg sings Beyonce's praises in a write-up for the mag.

'Beyoncé has insisted that girls “run the world” and declared, “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss",' she writes. 'She raises her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead.'

Bey appears on one of the covers for the special edition of the mag. In the snap her hair is long and straight and she's wearing a bra-top and high-waisted knickers under a sheer shirt. The picture is facing backlash from critics who question why the singer's wearing only underwear for a shoot celebrating her cultural influence. 

In a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot Bey explains why winning the title means so much to her.

'It's not about fashion or beauty or music it's about the influence I've had on culture,' she says, describing her mother and Blue Ivy as the key influences on her. 'Becoming a mother and looking my daughter in her eyes made me into a woman. It made me very very strong.'

Bey joins the likes of Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and The Pope in the round-up of the key players in world culture. Miley Cyrus, Pharrell and Amy Adams have also gained places.

Justin Timberlake gushing about Pharrell, Dolly Parton singing Miley's praises and Lupita Nyong’o giving Steve McQueen a shout out. Here our 10 favourite quotes.. 

1. Stella McCartney on Phoebe Philo, Céline’s creative director

'One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’s wardrobe. When people invest in her work, they have it for life. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.'

2. Dolly Parton on Miley Cyrus

'If I didn’t know how smart and talented Miley is, I might worry about her. But I’ve watched her grow up. So I don’t. She knows what she’s doing.'

[Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton - YouTube]

3. Sheryl Sandberg on Beyonce

'Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one.'

4. Justin Timberlake on Pharrell Williams

'He made me fearless, and I’ve carried that with me the rest of my life.'

[Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake - Getty]

5. Colin Firth on Benedict Cumberbatch

'It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage — and a rather alarming energy...He must be stopped.'

6. Emily Blunt on Amy Adams

'One night I was driving us home from a Mexican restaurant. I had just told her I was a great driver. Then, as we were leaving, I put the car in drive — rather than reverse — and drove us into a tree. It was a tap, not a cataclysmic crash. But to Amy, stuff like that is heaven.'

[Amy Adams and Emily Blunt - Getty]

7. Malala Yousafzai on Hillary Clinton

'A world with more women leaders will be a better world, and Hillary Clinton is helping make that possible.'

8. Lupita Nyong’o on Steve McQueen

'I think Steve is a genius at what he does, but he doesn’t impose his genius on you. It really feels collaborative and exploratory to work with him.'

[Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen - Getty]

9. Richard Linklater on Matthew McConaughey

'He’s the guy on the court who elevates the rest of the team… There are stars that suck up all the energy in the room—Matthew maximizes the energy and shares it.'

10. Valerie Jarrett on Kerry Washington

'Kerry Washington embodies the promise that lives in all our young people to shape their own destinies and succeed as “gladiators” for the causes in which they believe.'

Take a look at Beyonce's best moments..

Beyonce watching Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets on May 12th 2014

Beyonce and husband Jay Z attend the Miami Heat vs Brooklyn Nets playoff game in New York

Beyonce at the 2014 'Met Ball'

Beyonce attends the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets game in New York on May 2nd

Beyoncé in London on the 7th of March in Topshop

Beyoncé in New York on the 2nd of February in Roberto Cavalli

Beyoncé in LA on the 26th of January in a Michael Costello dress

Beyoncé in New York on the 17th of January in a Tibi shirt and skirt

Beyoncé in Miami on the 30th of December in a Topshop skirt and Harlyn top

Beyoncé in Atlanta on the 27th of December in a Givenchy sweater and J Brand trousers

Beyoncé in New York on the 21st of December in Tom Ford dress and shoes

Beyonce wearing an Osman jumpsuit at the 2013 Grammy Awards

Beyonce in Gucci at Chime for Change Concert in London - June 2013

Beyonce in Diane Von Furstenberg in Havana - April 2013

Beyonce Wearing Thakoon in Havana - April 2013

Beyonce in Topshop - August 2013

Beyonce Knowles in Cuba - April 2013

Beyonce in Givenchy Haute Couture by Riccardo Tisci at Met Gala - 6 May 2013

Beyoncé Knowles in Roberto Cavalli at V Festival - 18 August 2013

Beyonce in Ralph and Russo on Mrs Carter tour, April 2013

Beyoncé wearing Erika Pena earrings in support of Obama, Oct 2012

Beyoncé in Carven, Aug 2012

Beyoncé performing at her first post-baby concert, May 2012

Beyoncé in Givenchy Haute Couture at the Met Ball, 2012

Beyoncé in Victoria Beckham at Michelle Obama's fundraiser in New York, March 2012

Beyoncé strolling in New York, March 2012

Beyoncé in Alice by Alice Temperley at hubby Jay Z's concert, Feb 2012

Beyoncé at New York Fashion Week, Sept 2011

Beyoncé in Lanvin at the MTV VMAs, Aug 2011

Beyoncé in St Tropez, 2011

Beyoncé perfroming at Glastonbury, June 2011

Beyoncé at Coachella, 2010


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