Beyoncé Shares a Raw and Poignant Historical Interview For the September Issue of ‘Vogue’

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Portraying raw beauty and elegance on Vogue’s coveted September Issue cover, Beyoncé gave an interview as equally poignant as her photos. Though this isn’t the first time Bey has graced the September Issue cover (the last time was in 2015), this feature still made history.

In the interview, Beyoncé spoke in depth about the importance of using her platform to spotlight up and coming talent, specifically black talent. She spoke truth to power by way of selecting photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot the cover and editorial images for the feature, marking the first time a black photographer shot a cover story for Vogue in it’s 126 years of existence.

Another important note to make in regards to the black magic happening around Bey’s feature was that her story was told to Clover Hope, a black journalist.

“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 … It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I 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.”

Aside from reaching back and pulling up other aspiring artists, Bey spoke candidly about her own artistry and even gave audiences a rare glimpse into her personal life. She discussed her struggles with weight, sharing that during her pregnancy with daughter Blue she felt pressured to lose the baby weight immediately after giving birth, but with twins Rumi and Sir she chose to embrace the journey of loving her body as it was and not succumbing to the pressure of feeling the need to fit
inside a certain standard (or jean size).

Bey shared that her pregnancy with the twins was especially trying, and that he had suffered from toxemia and spent over a month on bed rest. After an emergency C-Section, she knew she had to give her body the time it needed to heal.

“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.”

The interview was also groundbreaking in the way that the star shared a lot about the journey of discovering her ancestry and allowing those clues to help her figure out the woman she is today along with who she wants to become. It’s an unprecedented level of personal transparency that we haven’t seen from Bey in a while outside of music.

Opening up to fans in a whole new way, this issue helps us see Beyonce through a fresh lens. Read the full interview from this iconic issue on Vogue.com.

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