In a rare interview given to Garage Magazine, Beyoncé Knowles discusses art, literature, her heroes, and her proudest moment. Aside from producing monster chart-toppers, the pop star and actress demonstrates her diverse taste in aesthetics and reveals she is a strong supporter and lover of the arts.

“I find myself most drawn to painting and photography. There’s a release and an immediacy there that helps me escape from my other projects…I travel a lot and I love going to art galleries and museums in different cities with my family and friends. I’m really into the work of Kara Walker, Tracey Emin, Aaron Young, and Donald Judd.”

Additionally, Knowles is very outspoken when it comes to leadership and independence, advocating all of her fans to become independent leaders. As a proponent of education, she urges everyone to read the following book:

“I would love for my younger fans to read What Will It Take To Make a Woman President? by Marianne Schnall. It’s a collection of interviews and essays by great women, including Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, and Melissa Etheridge. They will inspire you to become a better leader.”

Strong women have always been a positive role model in her life. These influential people have no doubt inspired her independence and strong forward-thinking; It’s allowed her to be her own boss. “I no longer have to work based on someone else’s expectations or pressure. I put enough pressure on myself! I love being 100% involved with all my projects and now I’m fortunate enough to do that.”

And the one woman she wants to thank the most for her success?

“My biggest hero is and always will be my mother. She has taught me about caring for others, working hard and working smart.”

In fact, Queen Bey has her mother to thank the most when shareing her proudest moment. “Out of everything I’ve accomplished, my proudest moment hands down was when I gave birth to my daughter Blue.” On how she balances a demanding career with being a parent—“Everything I know about being a mother comes from the examples she has shown. My mother has instilled confidence in my sister and me and taught us to always be grateful.”

The entire interview can be accessed via Garage Magazine’s app free of charge.