Beyoncé covers the September 2018 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Tyler Mitchell.
Pregnancy & Body Acceptance: 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.
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.
Her Journey: 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.
Her Artistry: I’m in a place of gratitude right now. 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. I’ve worked long and hard to be able to get to a place where I can choose to surround myself with what fulfills and inspires me.
1st Cover: Gucci Dress | Lynn Ban Headpiece |Rebel Rebel Floral Headdress
2nd Cover: Alexander McQueen Dress and Corset | Lynn Ban Earrings
3rd Image: Valentino Dress | Philip Treacy London Hat
Hair: Neal Farinah
Makeup: Sir John for Marc Jacobs Beauty
Manicure: Samantha Jackson for Pauline Briscoe
[Photo Credit: Tyler Mitchell/Vogue Magazine]