Beyoncé Gets Candid About Her Emergency C-Section And Post-Baby Weight In Vogue
All while, in true Beyoncé fashion, staying in full-control of the narrative.
Vogue’s September issue is a coveted cover, and Beyoncé secured full control over this year’s issue thanks to Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour.
The 36-year-old icon opened up in a series of penned letters about her body image, her life, and the emergency C-Section she went through while birthing twins Rumi and Sir Carter.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.
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,” she went on to write.
“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.”
“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be.
"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."
“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.”
In true Beyoncé form, the powerhouse spoke about feeling grateful, and how she is constantly aware of the way in which she presents herself so her children and little girls like her own feel “seen”, “in books, films and on runways.”
“I am accepting of who I am. I will continue to explore every inch of my soul and every part of my artistry. I want to learn more, teach more and live in full,” she added.
And talking about her journey, she wrote: "There are many shades on every journey. Nothing is black or white. I’ve been through hell and back, and I’m grateful for every scar."