We love a body-positive queen, y’all! On Aug. 5, Vogue magazine revealed Mrs. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as the cover star of their September issue and TBH, we’re a little overwhelmed. For starters, her post-pregnancy weight loss is nothing short of iconic, but beyond that, the way she has chosen to open up about body acceptance is an inspiration to us all.
“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,” the mother-of-three began. “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,” Beyoncé continued.
The “Drunk in Love” singer admitted that she was 218 pounds on the day she gave birth to her twins, Rumi and Sir. In addition, her labor was extremely dangerous. So much so, that she had to have an emergency C-section followed by weeks of intense recovery.
“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be. After six months, I started preparing for Coachella. I became vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol, and all fruit drinks. But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did, too,” Beyoncé explained.
The 36-year-old also stressed the importance of natural bodies, particularly in the media. “That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this [Vogue] shoot. 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,” Beyoncé expressed.
You go, girl! Fuller body or not, we think Beyoncé looks positively radiant and anyone who disagrees, well, in her own words — “boy, bye!”