On Monday, Vogue Magazine released their September cover featuring none other than Queen Bey.
Beyoncé sat down with the magazine and talked about body acceptance, helping to open doors for younger artists, preparing for her historic Coachella performance, her legacy and more.
The mother of three talked about accepting her body and what it took to get to that point. She shared what it was like after giving birth to her daughter Blue and the pressure she put on herself to snap back. She said, “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.”
Yoncé also revealed that she was 218 pounds when she gave birth to her twins Sir and Rumi Carter. She talked about being swollen from toxemia, which left her on bed rest for over a month. With both her health and the twins’ health in danger, she ultimately had to have an emergency C-Section.
It was during her recovery stage she gave herself self-love and started to embrace her curvier figure.
“I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.”
She continued, “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 and I feel like we are meant to be.”
During her interview, Beyoncé also talked about why it’s important to help open doors for younger artists.
She said, “It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.”
Her beliefs in helping to open doors for others is also what pushed her to get Tyler Mitchell, the first African American photographer to shoot a Vogue cover.
“When I first started, 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get onto covers of magazines because black people did not sell. Clearly, that has been proven a myth,” she said. “Not only is an African American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer.”
Also in this issue, Beyoncé talked about her Coachella performance, her On The Run II Tour with her husband Jay-Z, her legacy and much more.
Check out the full interview here.