Beyoncé: 'I Wanna Be Iconic'

Beyoncé: 'I Wanna Be Iconic'
Beyoncé on the cover of Marie Claire U.K.

09/04/2008 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Forget mere celebrity. Beyoncé says she aspires to icon status.

"There is a time limit on being a pop star, yes," the Grammy-winning singer tells the October issue of Marie Claire's U.K. edition. "Being a legend, an icon? Absolutely not."

"I'm over being a pop star," Beyoncé, 26, adds. "I don't wanna be a hot girl – I wanna be iconic."

Still, she admits to being frustrated with the demands of her career: "There are responsibilities that come along with this life ... trying to have a romantic meal without someone sneaking in to film the whole thing," says Beyoncé, who married Jay-Z in April. "I have to work really hard and it's fine because I like it, I love it, but it's a lot of sacrifice."

Acknowledging the challenges of being a minority in Hollywood, Beyoncé gives a nod to her own role models: "I think I'm opening doors for more black women, just like Halle Berry and Diana Ross opened doors for me."

The singer also expressed a sense of excitement for the political future. Regarding Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, she says, "I'm really proud. I think we're making a bit of progress, it's an exciting time. We all feel part of our country now."

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