Beyonce Knowles graces the cover of Vogue. - Mario Testino/VogueLong before she was a superstar and style icon, Beyonce Knowles' parents Matthew and Tina taught her how to perform and dress.
Although she may sing about being an "Independent Woman," the 27-year-old still relies on her family for career and fashion advice. Beyonce isn't just the Knowles' daughter, she's the family business.
In the latest issue of Vogue, on newstands March 24, the normally private performer opens up to Jonathan Van Meter about the people closest to her:
On her father, Matthew Knowles: "My father is still my manager. He doesall of the business deals and negotiations. The best thing is havingsomeone I trust. I know he is up until 4:00 a.m. fighting and workingand doing things that no one else would do."
On bumping heads with her father: "It's definitely tense. And ifthere's one person in my life I argue with the most, it's him. But it'sbusiness. It's always about business."
On her father's reputation in the music business for driving a hardbargain: "He is a tough bargainer. But he really knows what he's doing,and he's a workaholic."
Beyonce dons Juan Carlos Obando for her shoot with famed photographer Mario Testino. - Mario Testino/Vogue
On her mother, Tina Knowles: "My mother is truly my best friend "Wework together on our clothing line [The House of Dereon]. She handlesmy movies: She reads all the scripts and tells me the good ones, andthen I read them."
Beyonce channels old Hollywood glamour in a Bottega Veneta black silk-crepe dress. - Mario Testino/Vogue
On their involvement in her career: "My father has other artists. My mother does her own clothing line on HSN. Their whole lives are not ... me. But if they wanted to retire, I'm sure we would figure out who would help me."
On imagining having her big career without them: "I can't," she says, shaking her head. "We all did this together."
Click here to see more photos of Beyonce and read her full interview, including her thoughts on husband Jay-Z becoming more involved with her career. Or pick up the latest issue of Vogue magazine, on newsstands March 24.
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