The September issue of Vogue has us super duper excited with Beyoncé Knowles on the cover. She also gives an exclusive chat to the magazine, sharing her thoughts on big topics. Not only has Beyoncé opened up about her family life, but she shares some awesome insight into her creative musical process as well.
The singer begins by sharing her journey of personal body acceptance post-babies, and pushing past those gosh darn societal expectations of how and what a mother should do and when.
“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. I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012. After the twins, I approached things very differently.”
“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.”
We’re still super impressed with her creative output since the births! Having just released a full album with Jay-Z as The Carters, our musical senses are tingling.
Bey also shares the realisation that so many people truly do not understand the toll that pregnancy and childbirth takes on a woman’s body.
“Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience. 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.”
“I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies.”
She also says that her body still isn’t what it was prior to the twins, and she doesn’t care about that at the moment either.
“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. 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 [fatty upper publc area] and I feel like we are meant to be.”
We especially loved hearing about her approach to music, particularly her recent internet-breaking Coachella performance.
“I don’t like too much structure. I like to be free. I’m not alive unless I am creating something. I’m not happy if I’m not creating, if I’m not dreaming, if I’m not creating a dream and making it into something real. I’m not happy if I’m not improving, evolving, moving forward, inspiring, teaching, and learning.”
We’re so glad someone so influential to share her real experience of motherhood so candidly. Hopefully by Queen Bey speaking out, the crazy narrative of what mums should and shouldn’t do continues to be shifted.
Read the full as-told-to on the Vogue website.
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