By DONNA MCCONNELL
Beyoncé Knowles has posed for her raciest cover yet, as the mother of one appeared nude for magazine Flaunt.
With her blushes spared only by a liberal coating of bronze glitter, it is possibly her most revealing photoshoot to date.
The daring editorial by photographer Tony Duran was shot in 2011 as part of her Year of 4 album campaign, but now the pictures have emerged in a stunning editorial in Flaunt magazine.
Beyonce posed in denim shorts on July 4th
Another picture from the magazine sees the singer's curvaceous figure lying prone on the floor with the same body paint.
And in other photos she is covered in multi-coloured tribal style make-up with her hair painted gold for the latest issue of Flaunt Magazine.
In the accompanying interview she responds to questions about her status as a gay icon, and shares tidbits with fans about her likes and dislikes.
In answer to the question about why gay men are drawn to the singer like 'gay icons' Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Madonna.
Beyonce and JAY Z attend JAY Z and Samsung Mobile's celebration of the Magna Carta Holy Grail album
'I'm flattered if I'm in the company of those great women. I think they love that we are bold, unafraid to love, and flaunt our sexuality and strength,' she told Flaunt.
And if you're hoping to enjoy a picnic with the award-winning singer, don't worry it won't break the bank.
In her picnic basket she revealed she'd simply like: 'A cozy blanket, red wine, fruit, '90s R&B playing on my iPod. I don't think you need much else.'
The feature delves into the singer's philanthropic side - she gave a quarter million dollars to Hurricane Katrina relief; helped raise $1 million to aid Haiti after the 2010 earthquake; and recently signed on to Gucci's widely successful Chime for Change campaign to promote equal rights for females.
And it's an area she uses to connect with her fans. While some dismiss this generation's youth as the "me me me" generation and 'slack-tivists' [people who are activists online but not in the real world], Beyonce says her fans show her the opposite of that image.'
She told Flaunt: 'At my concerts I see the opposite. They are engaged in making a difference. We have collected tons of donations that will go towards creating jobs and helping people get jobs.
'That's something I want to celebrate. For Chime for Change we raised awareness and over $4 million in one day for equal rights for girls everywhere.
'So many people at that concert were young. They are more socially responsible than they get credit for.'
Meanwhile pop's ultimate power couple go from strength to strength.
Beyonce posted a picture of a young Jay Z with the caption 'Platinum #MagnaCarta'
Jay-Z's new track Part II (On The Run) was revealed last week on Thursday, and a solo version of it has popped up on the internet featuring Beyonce's lyrics only and going by the name of On The Run.
The full, original track is a follow-up to the couple's 2003 smash hit collaboration Bonnie & Clyde.
Part II (On The Run) was one of the first tracks leaked from Jay-Z's highly anticipated new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail which was released on July 4th and has sold over a million copies.
Proud Beyonce celebrated the nearly instantaneous platinum certification of Jay-Z's new album by sh uploading one of his old school pictures to Instagram emblazoned with the phrase 'Bow Down'.
Beyonce is still in the midst of her Mrs Carter World Tour.
Beyonce and Jay-Z's lyrics on the track give goosebumps as they sing of their devotion to one another