The heroine of the main issue of Vogue (and the main one is September) became Beyoncé. Queen Bee gave a frank interview in which she talked about attitude to the body after childbirth, about cheating, speaking at Coachella and the important lessons that Tina's mother taught her and which she wants to teach her children. Great woman!
- After the birth of my first child, I believed in stereotypes imposed by society on how my body should look. I did my best to lose weight in three months. As an incentive, she even planned a short tour - to be sure to catch it.
Now I understand: it was crazy. In 2012, when I performed at a concert in Atlantic City, I continued to breastfeed.
After the birth of the twins, everything changed.
When I gave birth to Rumi and Syra, I weighed about 100 kilograms. Due to toxicosis, I had severe edema - I spent a month before giving birth in bed.
Since my health and that of my children was in jeopardy, I had a cesarean. After we spent several weeks in the intensive care unit for newborns. My husband J-Z turned out to be a real soldier - he became for me the main support, the main source of support. I was lucky to witness his strength and evolution. Evolution as a man, friend and father.
I fully realized this only after months, while the main thing was to survive. And now I feel connected with every mother and every father who went through a similar test.
After Caesarean, my body changed. This is a serious operation, and I'm not sure that everyone understands this. I needed time - time to recover.
And while my body healed wounds, I allowed myself to accept my body as it is. I surrounded myself with love and care. And after six months, she began to prepare for Coachella. For some time I became a vegan, refused coffee, alcohol and fruit drinks. But I did not pursue the result, but was patient and enjoyed the new forms.
My children and husband did the same.
I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate their natural beauty - the beauty of the body. That's why I used minimal makeup for this shoot and basically abandoned wigs and hair extensions. My arms, shoulders, chest and hips are still full. In addition, I have a small tummy, and I am in no hurry to get rid of it.
I'm real too. When I want to see the cubes on the press, I will go to the gym and work hard until I reach the goal. But right now, everything is as it should be.
When I was just starting my way, 21 a year ago, I was told that it would be difficult for me to get on the covers of magazines. Because "black does not sell.
" Of course, this is a myth. Not only is the African American on the cover of the September issue of Vogue, it’s also the first cover of Vogue shot by an African American photographer.
It is important for me to help young artists. There are many cultural and social obstacles in their path, so I always use the opportunity to balance forces, to show a different point of view. For people who think their voices don't matter, this is important.
Imagine what would happen if someone did not give a chance to such great women as Josephine Baker, Nina Simon, Erta Kitt, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston. They opened the door for me, and I will do my best to open the door for future generations of talent.
If people who hold high positions, they will continue to choose only those who look like them, sound like them, come from the same areas as them, they will never succeed in gaining an excellent experience from their own. They will hire the same models, exhibit the same art, shoot the same actors - from this we will all lose. That is why the beauty of social networks lies in their democracy.
Everyone has an opinion. Everyone's voice matters. Everyone can paint the world as he sees it.
In the history of my family there are quite a few examples of painful relationships, abuse of power and mistrust. Only by realizing this, was I able to resolve conflicts in my own relationships.
Awareness of the past, communication with it makes us more beautiful, but at the same time leaves heart wounds.
Recently, studying my pedigree, I found out that in our family there was a slave owner who fell in love with a slave and married her. It took me a while to digest this information. I wondered what this means - that if you look at it in the future. Now I believe that this is why God blessed the birth of the twins Rumi and Syrah.
Male and female energies are able to coexist and grow in me. I pray that I can remove this family curse and that my children will not have such a difficult life.
Everything has shades. There is nothing completely black or completely white. I went through hell and now I'm here.
And I am grateful for every scar. There have been betrayals in my life. Disappointments in partnerships and personal relationships left me devastated - I felt lost and vulnerable. And after going through all this, I learned to laugh, cry and grow. I look at myself a 20-year-old and see a young girl who seeks to become self-confident, but wants to please everyone.
Now I feel much more beautiful, sexy and interesting. And much stronger.
- I like to be free. I am not happy if I do not dream and do not translate dreams into reality. I am not happy if I do not work on myself, do not develop, do not move forward, do not inspire, do not share my experience and do not learn myself.
From the very beginning I had an understanding of my performances at Coachella. I saw him. I heard him. It already existed somewhere inside me. Once, putting Rumi to bed, I started humming her black anthem.
At that time, I was just working on a version of the anthem for the show. A few days later, while singing Rumi's anthem, I realized that the tune we chose was wrong. I sang the wrong hymn. One of the most valuable components of the show was precisely in this change. I swear during the performance I felt like some kind of divine light was descending on us.
I know that most young people on stage and in the audience did not know the history of the anthem. But I know for sure that they understood the feeling that they experienced thanks to him. It was a celebration of all the people who sacrificed more than we can imagine. They pushed the world forward so that he could receive a black woman on the stage of the largest festival.
One of the most memorable episodes of the On the Run II tour was the show in Berlin - we performed at the stadium where the 1936 Olympic Games were held.
Yes, this place was used to propagate hatred, racism and contention. But at the same time, at this point, Jesse Owens won four gold medals, destroying the myth of "white" superiority to pieces. Less than 90 years later, two black people performed there surrounded by tens of thousands of spectators. When Jay and I performed our last song, we saw that everyone was smiling, holding hands, kissing. We saw love.
To see how society is changing, to see the unity of people — that’s the most valuable thing. I live for such moments.
My mother taught me an important lesson - she taught me that it’s important not only to be noticeable, but also to be able to see yourself. As the mother of two girls, it is important for me that they also see themselves - in books, films, on the catwalks. It is important for me that they see themselves as leaders, bosses, so that they know that they themselves can write the script of their own lives and can openly express their opinions.
. They are not required to correspond to certain categories and types. They do not have to be politically correct if they honor their own individuality and at the same time show respect, compassion and sensitivity. They can choose any religion, they can fall in love with a person of any race and, in principle, love those they want to love.
I want the same for my son.
I want him to know: he can be strong and courageous, but at the same time sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ that allows him to be free, caring, sincere and honest. This is what a woman is looking for in a man, but for some reason we do not teach this to our sons.
I hope to teach my son not to be a victim of public opinion. I want to form his best ideas, which will allow him to fully realize his potential.
I want to teach him that the true magic that he possesses is the ability to declare his own existence.
Now I accept myself for who I am. And I am grateful for everything that happened to me. I will continue to study every millimeter of my soul and every bit of my talent. I want to learn more, learn more.
I worked long and hard before reaching this point - the point where I have the choice and the opportunity to surround myself with what fills me and inspires me.
You can read Beyoncé's interview in English and watch the incredibly beautiful photo session of the diva, shot by 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, on the site of the American Vogue.