Move over supermodels, there is a new bikini body in town.
Beyonce has achieved a new career triumph by beating out the super competition from models and graced the front cover of the best selling Sports Illustrated magazine's annual swim suit issue.
The singer and actress, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe award for her work in "Dreamgirls", joins the ranks of Tyra Banks, Elle McPherson and Heidi Klum who have put on their itsy-bitsy bikinis and posed for the camera.
PEOPLE magazine reports the star saying, "It's fascinating how many careers it's made, or how many have been made of it. They're always so beautiful."
However, the sexy songstress was not eager to strip down for the shoot. She told the magazine, "It takes a lot of guts. I'm really a shy person. But in my everyday world, as a musical performer, I'm playing a character. I had to tap that same character."
To keep her 'bootylicious' body in check for the spread, Beyonce says she was being careful about what she ate, especially as it came straight after Thanksgiving weekend. She said, "At dinner, I kept thinking: this extra piece of pie will show up. I always make sure I celebrate it up, but I was so terrified with every little thing I ate this year."
But the end result is worth it, according to the "Crazy In Love" singer. She said, "These are photos I can show my kids some day so I can say, 'See, momma was beautiful. Look how good I looked!'"
Her mother, Tina, echoes her daughter's fear about taking off her clothes. She said, "At every shoot they always bring some swimsuits and ask, 'Can we shoot in this?' It's always been 'No! When it's time to do swimsuits, it's going to be something big.'"
To coincide with the cover girl, the magazine features an ode to music, featuring stars such as Kanye West and Kenny Chesney posing with scantily clad models.