Beyonce covers Time Mag’s ‘Most Influential’ issue: stunning, amazing?

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Who run the world? BEYONCE. Time Magazine has released their multiple covers for their annual “Most Influential People In the World” issue. And Beysus got a cover!! I have to admit… this is pretty badass. It’s a really striking black-and-white image too. Beyonce got one of the covers because A) The stans, B) she dropped her album without any warning and C) she’s Beyonce. Bow down. Lean In author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg did her write up too – go here to see.

Of course, other people made the list. It’s not just ALL BEYONCE FOREVER. You can see the Time 100 package here, and I’m including some of the other covers too, like the covers for Jason Collins (for being the first openly gay NBA player) and Robert Redford (for 30 years of Sundance). Benedict Cumberbatch made the list, because the Cumberbitch demographic is a force to be reckoned with and we voted early and often – you can read Benedict’s write-up here. Colin Firth did it. It’s short and charming.

Other people on the list: Pharrell Williams, Kerry Washington, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Eric Holder, John Kerry, Seth Meyers, Miley Cyrus, Pope Francis, Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton and Carrie Underwood. And tons more.

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  1. Nymeria says:

    I agree the cover is badass but im a little disappointed that she had to be in her underwear. Seems sexist to me.

  2. Indira says:

    Just have to say I’m so glad that Kejriwal won. The political scene in India is really a mess and it’s amazing that he beat Modi.

    • Mingy says:

      I’m pretty clueless about politics in India; I only know how awfully women are treated. I think about that poor girl who died from the bus rape/murder all the time. It makes me so terribly sad and I know there are so much more cases like that I don’t hear about. I hoped that the protests helped somewhat. I pray that this newly elected person does a lot for women’s safety.

  3. Tatjana says:

    I really can’t stand her.

  4. samanthalous says:

    I think her thighs look really slim that surgery was well worth it.

  5. aims says:

    It’s a pretty cover. I would be more inclined to buy it if I saw Jason Collins or Robert Redford on it. Those two men actually have shown bravery and have stood for something.

  6. Cecilia says:

    I will not bow down to Bey. *neener neener*

    ps: put some damn clothes on.

  7. mimif says:

    Congrats to Bey. I’m only slightly disturbed that I thought it was KK at first.

  8. paola says:

    Yeah Bey. In your dreams. Those thighs are in your dreams!

  9. Loopy says:

    She could of at least put on some trousers for a Time cover.

  10. tila says:

    Haha the Beyoncé haters on this sight are gonna love this

    • Dani2 says:

      Lol I wouldn’t call them haters, majority of the people on this site are just critical of her (which is fair enough imo, and even though I’m a fan of hers for the most part, I’m still critical of her from time to time). But you do have the people who don’t like anything she does, like she could find a cute for cancer tomorrow and they’d still have something negative to say about it. But I can’t hate on that, I’m like that with Katy Perry ;)

      • tila says:

        @Dani2 Yep, we are all free to be critical of who we want but honestly, some of the vitriol on this site has been shocking. I totally agree with you too that even if she probably did find cure for cancer there would still be some with something to say. Personally, I can’t think of a single celebrity I absolutely love to bits or one I hate with pure passion. I don’t know these people. It’s all a fantasy.

      • QQ says:

        agreed Tila and Im not a Beysus lover or stan whatsoever (in fact I can count in the fingers of BOTH my hands the songs of hers that Jay- Z isnt in that I have AND have fingers leftover and they are mostly from this last cd)

        I’ll give you she has an ego the size of Texas, can be quietly shady and has a rather simple personality/interview and whereas her music is not my thing I cant sit here and act like she isnt a talented performer, is GORGEOUS, has a good business acumen, a good voice even if it’s not for me and is a Workhorse and again FANTASTIC TO LOOK AT

        Yet a lot of people here act like she stole their lunches or something, all these conspiracies and extra servings of vitriol and shit… IDK at the end of the day I cant shit too much on a chick that has (with a team or not behind her) gotten to this level of success and recognizion and is still keeping her peeps around her and so on

      • Latisse says:

        QQ LOL @ people acting like she stole their lunches here. That is exactly right. The awful part is I always find myself defending Beyonce on this site even though I don’t even really like or listen to her music that much, I just think the bitterness and vitriol spewed in her direction is completely out of proportion.

      • Inlike says:

        I’m not hip on any music that “dumbs down’ the masses. Beyonce’s songs have lyrics that are the equivalant to baby-talk and elementary school slang. Reminds me of my friends with their kids “ohh babah want more wah wah, ohhhh nom om”.

        Oh, for pete sakes, just say “Do you want more water, it’s really tasty!!”.

        She’s a lovey lady that adores her child, but her music utterly lacks any depth. To me it lacks respect to her fans since she feels she has to talk to her fans in 3rd grade english.

        I turn her off the radio. The same goes for any artist that sings to ME (as I am their audience) like I am a child. I wont listen to it. Let them talk to their 5 years olds in the same way they sing.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree tila. I’m neutral on her, she has flaws, etc., but I think she’s absolutely stunning and there are a lot of commenters on here who won’t cut her a break for anything. She doesn’t love her baby, etc. of course, I’m sort of that way about Kim K, but at least Beyoncé has talent.

    • INeedANap says:

      I’m critical of her because she shows up on the cover of Time like it was an Esquire shoot. For all of her “power” and “influence” she’s still peddling a view of women that starts and ends with our bodies. I’ll stop criticizing when she stops the dead-eyes/open-mouth sexy face. I think risque costumes work for her concerts, but not for the cover of Time. I would love to see her present herself as the businesswoman she is.

  11. reddy says:

    I don’t know if I like the fact that her cover looks more like a fashion shoot, while the men all got more “I’m making a rather serious face cause I’m very deep and run the world”-kind of profile.

  12. blue marie says:

    From the neck up Beyonce looks lovely, but I’m not sure what’s going on with the bottom half? Is she just slouching? it almost looks like they photoshopped her head on to someone else’s body.

    If I had to choose a cover, I’d go with Jason Collins. Since he came out though, why is he covering his mouth?

  13. Kiddo says:

    It’s a strange outfit for the cover of Time.

  14. Delorb says:

    Love Beyonce, but why did they disrespect her by putting her half-naked on the cover? Did they do that with any of the men? Jeez Time, get with the times!

  15. Etheldreda says:

    Seems ‘Time’ magazine is no different from ‘Esquire’ or ‘Maxim’.

    All the men are fully clothed, while the woman just has to be in her bra and knickers.

    Because women can of course be powerful and influential. But ONLY is they’re also ‘hot’.

    • Nympha says:

      It is like that, isn’t it?
      I know some people who would laugh at famous women merely because they were “old” or “ugly” or whatever. Nevermind what they’ve achieved, if they are not young and hot, they fail in life. Disturbing.

  16. Mo Cheeks says:

    Why isn’t she wearing pants? Awful

  17. lenje says:

    Hm, better choices this year than last year’s. I prefer CNN’s Heroes, though.

  18. Pip says:

    Oh ffs put some clothes on, woman. Gah! Really ….

    Deeply weary of these half-naked shenanigans.

  19. Karen says:

    General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, has a cover too. She’s in a suit.

    Please. Beyonce is big enough to have a say in the cover. Make no mistake that Bey is in her underwear because she wants to be. There’s nothing wrong or sexist about it, she’s an entertainer and aside from her talent, she’s known as a sex symbol. Annoying? Yes. But let’s not turn this into something it’s not.

  20. AG-UK says:

    I am sure she probably had some say on the cover maybe she wanted to be half naked. She looks good but I agree she should have on more… It’s not Vogue/or even Shape it’s Time magazine

  21. Karen says:

    All is see is that huge photoshopped thigh gap.

  22. NeNe says:

    I cannot stand her. She is so full of herself! I personally disagree with her getting the cover. Just making her head even bigger then it already is.

  23. Hissyfit says:

    I don’t have any problem of her getting the title but her face looks off in the photo. Either her face is so skinny now or they photoshop the hell out of it! It’s not cute. And also, she needs to put some d*mn pants on!

  24. Eleonor says:

    That cover, I don’ know if it’s me, but she looks like Lady Gaga…

  25. Lara says:

    I can’t… She could sh*t on the middle of stage and people still be like: Yessssss! Bey changing the game!!!! Slay!!! When will your faves? Uhhh

  26. new here says:

    What a joke. I know someone who thinks TIME is actually a magazine for intellectuals too. Wow.
    So tired of her acting like she is so profound./saving the world. She does private concerts for dictators who abuse human rights.

  27. Jackson says:

    Oh, yay. Another powerful and influential woman on the cover of a legit mag….wearing her underwear and a dumbass expression. Sorry, no bowing down from me – not for her, and not for whoever decided to dress her like that and put that image forward on the cover of Time. Two steps up and one step back.

  28. Kim1 says:

    Loving the negative comments LMAO
    Making me appreciate my homegirl ,Queen Bey even more.Nice, Rich, Powerful, Beautiful

  29. Becca says:

    If she is so influential and empowered WHY DID SHE AGREE TO SHOOT IN HER UNDERWEAR? How is that empowering to women? Gaaaaawd!

  30. msw says:

    Ugh. I don’t judge people for liking her music. I just don’t get the hero worship. I don’t get the appeal of her at all.

  31. Thatchick says:

    The mainstream media are pathetic. Have they heard this idiot speak? Beyonce can barely string two sentences together. She doesn’t’ even write her own songs, which consist of elementary lyrics and slang. Yet she’s on the cover as the most “powerful”. And of course, she has to be in what looks like underwear showing off her new gross looking liposuctioned thigh gap.

    I’m so tired of this dimwit and her blonde wigs. I could not be happier that Lupita’s People Magazine cover is getting way more attention this this nonsense.

    • lucy says:

      Spot on, Thatchick. :-)

      Not sure why mainstream media keeps promoting the pollution this pop culture hack releases.

      A product sample that Beyonce takes responsibility for:

      “Drunk In Love”
      (featuring Jay-Z)

      [Intro: Beyoncé]
      I’ve been drinking, I’ve been drinking
      I get filthy when that liquor get into me
      I’ve been thinking, I’ve been thinking
      Why can’t I keep my fingers off it, baby?
      I want you, na na
      Why can’t I keep my fingers off it, baby?
      I want you, na na

      [Verse 1: Beyoncé]
      Cigars on ice, cigars on ice
      Feeling like an animal with these cameras all in my grill
      Flashing lights, flashing lights
      You got me faded, faded, faded
      Baby, I want you, na na
      Can’t keep your eyes off my fatty
      Daddy, I want you, na na
      Drunk in love, I want you

      [Hook: Beyoncé]
      We woke up in the kitchen saying,
      “How the hell did this sh*t happen?”
      Oh baby, drunk in love we be all night
      Last thing I remember is our beautiful bodies grinding up in the club
      Drunk in love

      [Bridge: Beyoncé]
      We be all night, love, love
      We be all night, love, love

      [Verse 2: Beyoncé]
      We be all night,
      And everything alright
      No complaints from my body, so fluorescent under these lights
      Boy, I’m drinking,
      Park it in my lot 7-11
      I’m rubbing on it, rub-rubbing, if you scared, call that reverend
      Boy, I’m drinking, get my brain right
      Armand de brignac, gangster wife
      Louie sheets, he sweat it out like wash rags he wear it out
      [Studio version:] Boy, I’m drinking, I’m singing on the mic to my boy toys
      [Video/Live version:] Boy, I’m drinking, I’m singing on the mic til my voice hoarse
      Then I fill the tub up halfway then ride it with my surfboard, surfboard, surfboard
      Graining on that wood, graining, graining on that wood
      I’m swerving on that, swerving, swerving on that big body
      Been serving all this, swerve, surfing all in this good, good



      [Verse 3: Jay-Z]
      (I’m nice right now)
      Hold up
      That D’USSÉ is the sh*t if I do say so myself
      If I do say so myself, if I do say so myself
      Hold up,
      Stumbled all in the house time to back up all of that mouth
      That you had all in the car, talking ’bout you the baddest b*tch thus far
      Talking ’bout you be repping that third, I wanna see all the sh*t that I heard
      Know I sling Clint Eastwood, hope you can handle this curve
      Foreplay in the foyer, fvcked up my Warhol
      Slip the panties right to the side
      Ain’t got the time to take draws off, on site
      Catch a charge I might, beat the box up like Mike
      In ’97 I bite, I’m Ike, Turner, turn up
      Baby no I don’t play, now eat the cake, Anna Mae
      Said, “Eat the cake, Anna Mae!”
      I’m nice, for y’all to reach these heights you gonna need G3
      4, 5, 6 flights, sleep tight
      We sex again in the morning, your breastases is my breakfast
      We going in, we be all night


      [Verse 4: Beyoncé]
      Never tired, never tired
      I been sipping, that’s the only thing that’s keeping me on fire, me on fire
      Didn’t mean to spill that liquor all on my attire
      I’ve been drinking watermelon
      I want your body right here, daddy I want you, right now
      Can’t keep your eyes off my fatty
      Daddy I want you


  32. lucy says:

    I am stunned and amazed that anyone pays attention to Beyonce at all.

  33. brionne says:

    I am a fan of beyonce…but why does she need to be on the cover as most anything when Lupita is most beautiful ? Bet please put the,weave and crotch away for a minute.

  34. lucy says:

    The COO of facebook fawns over Beyonce and reminds us that facebook is the social medium B used to announce the release of her album….SO, WHAT?

    My, the bar is set low for our pop stars if this is allegedly considered impressive.

  35. CK says:

    Eh. Don’t get me wrong, I’m Bey fan, and I do broach the stan line multiple times, but this just seems a bit meh to me. I guess the surprise album drop got her on the list, but I just don’t see influential in the package that is Empress Bey. I do see success, talent and unrivaled beauty, but I don’t think there has been some recent 2013/2014 cultural change/shift that can be attributed to Beyonce. The cover is also a bit, Solange trying to be Beyonce for my taste. Oh well, Go Beysus, Go!

  36. Jayna says:

    Go, Bey, still at the top, but not feeling the shot for the cover.

  37. lucy says:

    I wonder, does Mrs. Carter take business meetings in her undies?

  38. Aysla says:

    Carrie Underwood? Miley Cyrus? Uhhuh. Nope.

  39. thinktank says:

    Im kinda scared to call my self a beyonce fan because I dont want to get boxed in with those crazy, delusional fans known as the beyhive. They’re the reason I had to step back from beyonce. They get riled up over the dumbest things. Like the time kim k tweeted the lyrics to drunk in love, they went ham. I didnt understand it. And she doesn’t reach out to her fans to tell them to chill out! Demi lovato did it when her fans started getting crazy with kathie griffith. And they will listen because she’s their god, shes their queen.

    • juju says:

      This was a missed opportunity for Beyonce to be a female role model. She was on the cover of Time NOT Rolling Stone. To appear in her underwear or so scantily clad as she did as to objectify herself was a moronic move and not empowering. The men were fully clothed why can’t she understand there is a time and a place to take yourself seriously? This would have been a far better message to her fans.

  40. Mzizkrizten says:

    Yes totally sexist cover. B deserves some clothes. The men are torso and up and she’s just on display. How is that empowered?

  41. Daniela H. says:

    So glad Robin Wright is in the list. She’s an amazing actress that’s finally getting the recognition she deserves. She’s created one of the most badass feminine characters ever one of the few that is head to head with her male co-star, Kevin Spacey.She’s also doing a great work with the Congolese charity. And she is not an attention seeker fame whore. I love her.

  42. shelley says:

    Why am I surprised by this tacky Beyonce cover? She is like a 6 year old who wont get out of her leotard. It is embarassing on Time’s part that they agreed to this.

    In other news…I loved what Obama wrote about the Pope. He is so eloquent.

  43. GirlyGirl says:

    Not a real influential year I guess.

  44. Kelly says:

    No it is not an amazing cover. It actually isn’t even a good photo. I don’t get why Beyoncé is so admired in the first place though. I really want to see the Carrie Underwood cover.

  45. Malificent says:

    Beyoncé has great legs — we get that. But if you’re not on stage — get dressed. It’s cute when your two-year-old’s underpants are showing — but just obnoxious on a grown woman. It’s not about having pride in the human body or owning your sexuality — it’s just about being under-dressed….

  46. aenflex says:

    Humanity must be at such an all time low. Time is desperate. This is sad and hilarious.

  47. Jana says:

    I’m sorry, but how is a half naked singer with a blank, vapid look on her face, influential?

  48. Flim says:

    What should she be wearing? A business suit? It’s Beyonce, and this is her image. The same image which she leveraged to achieve her “most influential” status. I mean no disrespect or harm to any of the previous commenters, but I wonder sometimes if such strong reactions are indicative of our own brainwashing–as though a woman in her underwear CAN’T be powerful, or shouldn’t be powerful. Is there some level of influence at which a seductive dancer must don a business suit to represent her gender? In the words of my two-year-old nephew, “No way!”

  49. Shay15 says:

    Err I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems like the shirt/underwear thing plus the photoshop makes her head look like its a little too big for her body? It looks kind of out of proportion to me

  50. Sherman Mohr says:

    TIME has named six-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood to the TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The full list and related tributes appear in the May 5 issue of TIME, available on newsstands and tablets on Friday, April 25.

  51. KattyKitty says:

    It’s a bikini, not underwear. Jesus Christ.

  52. Buffoon says:

    She’s morphing into Gwyneth Paltrow.