Beyoncé’s Vogue cover is just as ethereally gorgeous as we expected
This is the only thing on my vision board
by Amanda Ross
The only thing worse than a Monday is a muggy August Monday, but Beyoncé just made it bearable in a way that only she — and her perfectly dewy skin and pearls of wisdom can. Bey covers the almighty September issue featuring a beautifully maternal (that's the vibe I get! Like Mother Earth?) photoshoot conceived by Condé Nast creative director Raul Martinez and shot by wunderkind photographer Tyler Mitchell.
And it wasn't just filled with glowing photos of Beyoncé either. her interview took the form of lengthy captions, and she touched on everything from motherhood to activism to body image.
On accepting her postpartum body
"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 being a role model for the next generation
"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."
Now let's all please go buy the print edition so we can continue getting touchstone features like this for years to come, okay?