It's finally official - Beyoncé has been voted the hottest woman of the 21st century.

The singer/actress showed just why she deserved such an accolade by arranging her "hush-your-mouth" physique for photographer Terry Richardson for GQ magazine.

In an accompanying interview, the 31-year-old, who gave birth to Blue Ivy last year, reveals how she built her empire, how she works to maintain it and what else she has in store.

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From Pepsi endorsements to HBO documentaries to a performance at the upcoming Super Bowl, Beyoncé is one busy lady.

Of her famously resilient work ethic she says: “I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that.

"I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it.”

She modestly adds" "I am powerful. I'm more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand."

Scroll down for more pictures of Beyoncé's style evolution
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  • Beyonce back in the Destiny's Child Days at the 2002 Grammys

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  • B rocked a shimmery bustier dress to the Billboard Awards back in 2003

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  • Loving her lingerie a little too much at the 2003 Essence Awards

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  • Beyonce the barbarian at the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards

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  • A strange print for a night on the red carpet back in 2003

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  • Beyonce looking like a hot, gold mess at the 2004 Grammys

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  • Pretty in pink at the 2004 NRJ Music Awards

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  • Beyonce's the ultimate glamour girl, especially in this metallic romper from 2004

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  • Not the right silhouette for this famously curvy star, 2005

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  • Beyonce does vixen velvet in this sultry black gown worn to the 2005 Oscars

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  • Matching with her Destiny's Child mates at the 2005 BET Awards

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  • Not so red carpet ready in this yellow frock from 2005

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  • Beyonce donned this intricate gown to the 2006 MTV VMAs

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  • A sexy, sophisticated white gown worn to the 2007 Academy Awards

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  • Effortlessly gorgeous at the U.K. premiere of "Dreamgirls" in 2007

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  • B wore this appropriately revealing ensemble to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue event back in 2007

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  • Beyonce's a stunner in this black, embellished dress from 2008

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  • And at the 2008 Grammy after party thrown by Sony/BMG

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  • Beyonce's ice blue gown from the 2008 Grammys

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  • At the Kennedy Center Honors, 2008

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  • Dazzling in diamonds, 2009

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  • Beyonce looked fierce and fabulous at the 2009 BET Awards

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  • B donned this nude-colored gown to the 2010 Grammys

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  • Bold and beautiful at a benefit last year

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  • At a Lorraine Schwartz event in 2010

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  • A vision in Pucci at The Met Gala this past May

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  • Beyonce performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Music Festival

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  • On GMA this past July

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  • Showing off her baby bump at the 2011 MTV VMAs

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  • Performing in a sequined jacket at the 2011 VMAs

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  • Stepping out in Paris in June 2012

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