Beyonce covers the September issue of Self, revealing what inspires and motivates her. The superstar, who’s currently working on her fourth album and possibly starring in the upcoming Gilligan’s Island movie, also revealed her proudest accomplishment thus far. Check out a few snippets below.
Her Secret Passion: It all started when she was growing up in Houston, going to church with her family. “Pastor Rudy is still my pastor. I watched my parents get involved in [community charities] there, 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.”
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.”
One Place in Her Life She’s Not a Perfectionist: “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!”