Sexiest Woman of the Century: Why Beyoncé Is Poised for An Incredible 2013

Inauguration, a documentary and a new Destiny's Child album are just some of the highlights in store for GQ's new cover girl

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Congratulations are in order for renaissance woman Beyoncé, who, according to GQ, is the sexiest woman of the 21st century. She’ll grace the cover of the magazine’s February issue—sans pants—to make it official.

Now, it should be noted that 87 years of this century still remain, so it’s sort of presumptuous to declare anybody the anything of the century. But then again, she’s Beyoncé, and she’s pretty unstoppable, so it’s probably fine. Plus, 2012 was quite a year for Bey. The year started, of course, when she gave birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy, on Jan. 7. (She appeared just a few months later at the 2012 Met Gala, working hard to earn her “sexiest woman” title in barely-there Givenchy.)

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The star also got political, netting $4 million for Barack Obama in a September fundraiser she co-hosted with husband Jay-Z. And in a move that really set the masses atwitter, she joined Tumblr in 2012 as well, providing fans with visual insight into her life and career.

And as 2013 begins to take shape, it looks like Beyoncé’s momentum is only growing stronger. She’s set to sing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 21, recently joined Instagram, is planning a new Destiny’s Child track with former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and will direct an HBO documentary (about herself). Perhaps she’ll draw from her official temperature-controlled Beyoncé archive, which contains nearly every photo, video, interview and diary entry she’s ever done, for the latter?

Now that Bey’s earned herself the title of sexiest woman of the century, some might guess that she’d get complacent and just take a breather. But as we all know, she’s a survivor, she’s not gon’ give up, she’s not gon’ stop, she’s just gon’ work harder.

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