Beyoncé Covers Harper’s Bazaar U.K., Talks Gaga and Gwyneth

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Photo courtesy of Harper's Bazaar U.K.
Beyoncé is gorgeous in Gucci on the September cover of Harper's Bazaar U.K.

Queen B is back in action!

Beyoncé is the latest soon-to-be-30 beauty to score a covetable cover turn for a September issue, and the second one (after Lea Michele) to gush about Gwyneth Paltrow. Are we sensing a theme?

Looking ravishing in red, the pop star storms the cover of Harper's Bazaar U.K. in Gucci’s crimson, petal-flocked gown paired with smoky eyes and an ultra-sleek, extension-aided ponytail.

But back to Gwynnie and growing older. Like Kirsten Dunst and Anne Hathaway, the Texas native appears to be embracing the idea of turning 30.

“This is such a pivotal moment in my life,” she says. “I’m transitioning as a woman, and I’m finally able to express myself as I am ... I can't wait to start the next chapter.”

Calling it “scary” when women can’t have friendships with other women, she offers insight into her close relationship with Paltrow.

“She pushes her boundaries all the time,” she tells the magazine. “You go to her house and she makes you feel like you never want to go home. She is what I strive to be one day.”

Paltrow, meanwhile, returns the favor with some praise of her own.

“She [Beyoncé] is what it means to be a superstar,” the actress says. “No one else can sing and dance like that, while having humor and genuine bursting sweetness. She has her own recipe for it ... I wanted my own character [in Country Strong] to have some of that mega-wattage. So I studied B. She was my homework. We have very similar values. We have also been able to become each other’s support systems over the years, as none of us needs anything from the other.”

Beyoncé also opens up about another famous pal, “Telephone” duet partner Lady Gaga.

“She’s not afraid,” she tells the magazine. “I love that. She wanted me to do something crazy, and so I just rolled with it.”

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Photos courtesy of Harper's Bazaar U.K.

Beyoncé brings on the drama for her smoldering shoot in Harper's Bazaar U.K.

Not that this girl needs that much encouragement. Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, the star's accompanying “Strictly Sexy” fashion spread is, well, strictly sexy thanks to killer designs from Lanvin, Azzaro, Azzedine Alaïa, Hermés, and Armani Privé, which she models in an exquisite mansion.

Hey, they don't call her Sasha Fierce for nothing.

For more of Beyoncé's shoot and interview, visit Harper's Bazaar U.K. online and pick up the September issue, on sale August 6.