She fears the spotlight, yet embraces it ferociously. She keeps herself hidden, yet shows off her pregnant belly to millions.
Megastar and mom, Beyoncé is a study in contrasts – some would say contradictions. That tension is palpable in this short, intense teaser for her upcoming feature-length HBO documentary, which she's also directing, that aims to tease out the multiple identities of one of the world's greatest pop stars.
"I always battle with 'How much do I reveal about myself?' " Beyoncé, 31, says in voiceover, as the clip shows her many guises – in the studio, at home, on stage, in front of the cameras.
The images rush past, faster and faster – from home-movie clips to professional film footage, from personal Instagram photos to meticulous glamour shots. "If I'm scared, be scared," she says. "Allow it. Release it."
The film, premiering Feb. 16, tracks Beyoncé's life from her childhood in Houston through her multi-Grammy-winning career to her life as wife to Jay-Z and mother to Blue Ivy Carter.
"Everybody knows Beyoncé's music, but few know Beyoncé the person," says Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. "Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman."