Hip Hop royalty Beyonce Knowles Carter aka Bey is on the cover of Vogue’s Magazine September issue. Beyonce talks about all of the changes her body went through during and after her pregnancy with twins Rumi and Sir. How she has learned to embrace her curves. She talks about having toxemia and how she had an emergency C – Section.
Beyonce also had the option of choosing her photographer for the photo shoot. Beyonce chose Tyler Mitchell who is the first African American man to work on the cover of Vogue Magazine.
Beyonce speaks on pregnancy and body acceptance
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. My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later. 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. 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.
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. – Beyonce
Tyler Mitchell is the first African American to shoot a Vogue cover
Tyler Mitchell made history as the first African American to do the photo shoot for Vogue Magazine cover. Mitchell has a different story than most photographers, his love for images began while riding his skateboard. He was also trained in film making. Mitchell grew up in Marietta, Georgia. Mitchell saved money to buy his first digital camera (SLR Canon). Like a lot of kids his age he learned how to create movies via YouTube.