Beyoncé Opens Up About Post-Partem Depression & Body Issues After Pregnancy

Beyonce is the cover star for Vogue’s September issue, and she chose to 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell to snap it — the first Black photographer to lead a cover of Vogue.

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real,” Beyoncé shared, revealing she weighed 218 lbs. the day she delivered the twins. “Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it,” she added. “But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”

After her last birth with the twins, which were delivered via emergency cesarean section: “I needed time to heal, to recover,” she said. “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 the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look,” she said. “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,” added the singer. “I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012. After the twins, I approached things very differently.”

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