Beyonce has blossomed into one hell of a grown woman! From her very young days as a break-out singer from Destiny’s Child, one of the world’s most successful girl groups of all time to conquering the world of music as a one woman power-house to taking on the responsibility of motherhood and being a Hip-pop wife, while still maintaining an impenetrable social and family life, it is beyond evident that Beyonce’s has indeed bloomed into one of the smartest and most successful women and an icon of her generation.
If there is anything i learnt from just reading through her just released September Vogue 2018 feature, it is that Beyonce is human after all and she has allowed herself time to grow into an ideal and a very knowledgeable hardworking woman/artist and a great superstar worthy of emulation.
She took absolute control of her highly anticipated Vogue feature and rendered an interview in her own words. From start to finish, Beyonce was nothing short of the wise queen we all perceive her to be. I am highlighting some of my very best parts of her recent Vogue interview and showing off all her amazing Vogue Covers, from her very first to the history-making September 2018 cover. Be Inspired!
Beyonce on Jay-Z (Vogue September 2018) – My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me. I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father.
On her body after pregnancy (Vogue September 2018) – 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. 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. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.
On Opening doors for others (Vogue September 2018) – 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. Not only is an African American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer. 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.
On her growth (Vogue September 2018) – There are many shades on every journey. Nothing is black or white. I’ve been through hell and back, and I’m grateful for every scar. I have experienced betrayals and heartbreaks in many forms. I have had disappointments in business partnerships as well as personal ones, and they all left me feeling neglected, lost, and vulnerable. Through it all I have learned to laugh and cry and grow. 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.
On her Legacy (Vogue September 2018) – My mother taught me the importance not just of being seen but of seeing myself. As the mother of two girls, it’s important to me that they see themselves too—in books, films, and on runways. It’s important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives—that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling.
I want the same things for my son. I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest. It’s everything a woman wants in a man, and yet we don’t teach it to our boys. I hope to teach my son not to fall victim to what the internet says he should be or how he should love. I want to create better representations for him so he is allowed to reach his full potential as a man, and to teach him that the real magic he possesses in the world is the power to affirm his own existence.
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.
It is hard not to be awed by Beyonce and everything she does.
Photo Credits: Vogue.com