Photo Credit: Tyler Mitchell, Vougue

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is known for being today’s hottest recording artist, with an extensive list of awards and accolades. From sold out concerts to electrifying award show performances, the Houston native leaves every audience wanting more and then some. But, in addition to her fabulous career and lifestyle, Beyoncé wants the world to know that she’s human, just like the rest of us!

In an exclusive interview, Beyoncé sat down with fashion’s iconic Vogue magazine and shared what life’s really like without all the lights and cameras. For this special issue of Vogue, King B hand selected 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, making him the first ever African-American photographer to shoot for Vogue.

Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lens, we will continue to have a narrow approach and view of what the world actually looks like.’ Beyonce explained. “That is why I wanted to work with this brilliant 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell. 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.”

Photographed by Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, September 2018

The singer dished on balancing motherhood and a very demanding career alongside dealing with the pressures of maintaining her weight.

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.”

Beyoncé revealed she was 218 pounds the day she gave birth to twins, Rumi and Sir. The babies were in the NICU Unit due to an emergency C Section. It was then that Bey knew she had to listen to her body and focus on self-care.

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.”

Photographed by Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, September 2018

The superstar continued to talk about embracing her venerability:

I’ve been through hell and back, and I’m grateful for every scar. I have experienced betrayals and heartbreaks in many forms. I have had disappointments in business partnerships as well as personal ones, and they all left me feeling neglected, lost, and vulnerable. Through it all I have learned to laugh and cry and grow. 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. I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful.”

Photographed by Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, September 2018

Be sure to check out the full, in-depth interview as Beyoncé opens up on her OTRII tour, performing at Coachella, leaving a legacy for her children and much more: https://www.vogue.com/article/beyonce-september-issue-2018

Written By: Tiffany Hercules | IG @JustMissTiff

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