Beyoncé: 'I'm a modern-day feminist'

Singer speaks out for gender equality

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Beyonce has spoken out for gender equality, saying she's a "modern-day feminist".

The singer told Vogue: "I guess I am a modern-day feminist…I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I'm just a woman, and I love being a woman."

Speaking about the continuing battle for gender equality, she added: "I do believe in equality and that we have a way to go, and it's something that's pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept."

Beyoncé also addressed criticism about calling her forthcoming tour The Mrs Carter Show – appropriating her married name from Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter. "I feel like Mrs. Carter is who I am, but more bold and more fearless than I've ever been," she said. "I do believe in equality… But I'm happily married. I love my husband."

Yesterday, it was announced that Beyonce and OutKast rapper Andre 3000 have recorded a cover of the late Amy Winehouse’s 'Back To Black'. The cover will feature on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming film adaptaion of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel 'The Great Gatsby'. It is the second time the pair have worked together, following 'Party' from Beyoncé's latest album '4'.

It has already been confirmed that Jay-Z will be executive producer for the soundtrack and is expected to contribute new material to the film. Other stars rumoured to feature on the soundtrack include Prince, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey. 'The Great Gatsby' is in cinemas from May 17 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

Beyoncé's next album currently has no release date. The singer recently revealed a new track 'Bow Down/I Been On', which is likely to feature on the record.

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