Happy Beyonce on Vogue Day!!! In case you missed the news last week, Queen Bey announced that she would be appearing on the cover of the esteemed fashion magazine’s September issue. Now, that in and of itself isn’t necessarily newsworthy. She’s been on the cover of Vogue three other times. But this is Beyonce, so obviously, this cover is special. First of all, the September issue is not like any other issue. It’s THEE issue of the year, the biggest, most influential issue that the mag puts out. So naturally, Beyonce used the opportunity to make a statement. For the first time in the magazine’s 125-year history, an African American photographer was tapped to shoot the cover story. YES, THE FIRST TIME. Bey is using her platform and influence to support black artists, which is a refreshing change of pace from what some stars do with their platform.
The Beyonce Vogue cover and story will go down as one of the most influential and legendary issues in the magazine’s history.
.@Beyonce, in her own words, gets real and raw about body acceptance, opening doors for the next generation of artists, her own family ancestry, and more in our September issue cover story.
Read it now: https://t.co/A7XWZbPLAO
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) August 6, 2018
Aside from the breathtaking images shot by the brilliant 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, Bey gets a lot more candid in the interview than we’ve seen from her. The notoriously-private star opens up about everything, from the birth of twins Rumi and Sir, to her acceptance of her body after three babies, and her marriage to Jay-Z. It’s real and raw and unapologetic.
On pregnancy and body acceptance, Beyonce says, “After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy”. She was still breastfeeding Blue Ivy when she performed in Atlantic City in 2012.
When it came to the twins, she did things a little differently.
Rumi and Sir were born via emergency c-section in June 2017. She says, “I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU”.
Beyonce continues, “After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be”. She says that to this day, over a year after the twins were born, her body is still different. Her arms, breasts, and thighs are fuller. She has the Mommy Pouch, which means I have something in common with Queen Bey and I’m losing my mind over it.
Of her body after the twins, Beyonce says, ” I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”
The rest of the article is just as eye-opening and refreshing. It’s in her words, not the standard interview format. It’s a major sneak-peek into her life, career, and marriage. I highly recommend buying the magazine when it hits newsstands. I’m very much a reads-it-on-the-internet girl, but this is one I want to have in my hands.
(scroll through the Instagram gallery Beyonce posted, photos are amazing)
(Image: Instagram / @voguemagazine)