Beyonce’s historic September Vogue issue is here, and it is breaking a lot of ground. Not only does the publication’s largest issue include photos shot by Tyler Mitchell – the magazine’s first black photographer in its 126-year history – but inside the latest edition, Beyonce opens up about her life and legacy.
In the article, which is written from her perspective, but told to former Vibe Deputy Editor, Clover Hope, Bey talks about being a mother of three, navigating her own body image, tracing her ancestry, and more. In case you’re running low on time, we’ve compiled highlights from Beyonce’s Vogue cover story below.
- Beyonce had an emergency C-section to give birth to the twins.
While Beyonce left many fans in awe with dazzling photos from her pregnancy shoot, it turns out carrying twins wasn’t that easy. The performer revealed that giving birth to her twins Rumi and Sir was pretty difficult and resulted in an emergency C-section. “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,” she said.
After an intense birth, she was forced to spend weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), but luckily JAY-Z provided a lot of love and support to her and the twins. “My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me,” she continued. “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.”
Thankfully, the twins and Beyonce were able to regain strength, but the singer noted that the C-section and pregnancy took a toll on her body. “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 added.
Eventually, she found peace with her new shape. “During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be.”
- She selected photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot her cover in order to open doors for young, black artists.
As previously noted, Beyonce personally selected Tyler Mitchell to shoot her Vogue cover, making him the first black photographer to do so at only 23 years old.
Her decision to hire Mitchell stemmed from her desire to pay it forward and highlight talented, young artists. “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,” she explained. “That is why I wanted to work with this brilliant 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell.”
She also touched on the roadblocks for black artists in creative industries. “It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists,” she added. “There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I’d like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.”
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Photo credit Tyler Mitchell