Beyonce encourages people to appreciate their natural bodies, help younger artists and to leave the past behind in her September issue cover story.
When life gives Beyonce lemons, she makes lemonade.
The super-secretive Queen Bey opens up about her personal life in Vogue’s September issue, including her emergency C-section to give birth to twins Rumi and Sir; accepting her newfound postpartum body; and supporting up-and-coming artists.
Here are seven of the life lessons from Beyonce’s new interview to help you run your world.
Don’t put pressure on yourself to bounce back after birth.
“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,” Beyonce said. She attributes the change in her postpartum point of view to the emergency C-section she endured as a result of her preeclampsia diagnosis. “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,” she said.
Appreciate your natural body.
After admitting that she weighed 218 pounds the day she gave birth to her twins Rumi and Sir, Beyonce said, “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.” To this day, Beyonce claims her arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are still 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,” she said.
Open the door for younger artists and rising stars in your field.
“If people in powerful positions continue to hire and cast only people who look like them, sound like them, come from the same neighborhoods they grew up in, they will never have a greater understanding of experiences different from their own. They will hire the same models, curate the same art, cast the same actores over and over again and we will all lose,” she said. For Vogue’s September cover story, Beyonce hired 23-year old African American photographer Tyler Mitchell to capture her image. “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. 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.”
Use your past to move forward.
Queen Bey revealed that she came from a family of broken male-female relationships, abuse of power and mistrust, and it took recognizing that to resolve conflicts in her relationship with husband Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. “Connecting to the past and knowing our history makes us both bruised and beautiful. I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave. I had to process that revelation over time,” she said.
Nothing is just black or white.
“There are many shades on every journey … I’ve been through hell and back, and I’m grateful for every scar,” Beyonce wrote, in reference to relationships and business partnerships. She goes on to say, “Through it all I have learned to laugh and cry and grow … I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful.”
Be free to explore your creativity.
The superstar said she doesn’t like structure, and instead prefers being 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,” Beyonce said.
You don’t have to fit into a specific category.
“My mother taught me the importance not just of being seen but of seeing myself. As the mother of two girls, it’s important to me that they see themselves too—in books, films, and on runways. It’s important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives—that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling.”
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