Beyoncé penned an article for Vogue, where she talked about wanting a Black photographer for the shoot, opening doors for other artists and how she prepared for Coachella after the birth of her twins Rumi and Sir.
The singer also went into body image and how she learned to embrace her new figure, which is something she didn’t do when her daughter Blue was born in 2012.
“After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look,” wrote Beyoncé. “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,” she added. “I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012. After the twins I approached things very differently.”
Bey then said she’s not in a hurry to get her muscular frame back, but she’ll eventually put the work in.
“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are fuller,” she admitted. “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.”
Elsewhere in the article, the Destiny’s Child member said she had to have Rumi and Sir by emergency C-section, because she was swollen from toxemia and weighed 218 pounds on the day they arrived.
Beyoncé also had to spend several weeks in the NICU during that time, and she praised her husband JAY-Z for the way he handled it all.
“I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend and a father,” she wrote. “I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.”
Afterwards, Bey talked about her recovery, which consisted of self-love and accepting the fact that her body has changed.
“I embraced being curvier,” she wrote. “I accepted what my body wanted to be … But I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves. My kids and husband did too.”
“I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her,” added Bey. “I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful.”