Beyoncé covers Vogue‘s “power” themed spring fashion issue, which couldn’t be more well-timed, because really…who is more powerful than Bey right now? With a killer Super Bowl performance under her belt, a new tour coming up, and an HBO documentary hitting small screens next week, we think it’s safe to say Bey’s in charge. We are all just her minions.
In her cover story for Vogue, lensed by Patrick Demarchelier, Beyoncé opened up a bit (no pun intended) to writer Jason Gay about what it was like being in labor with Blue Ivy, how she handles negative online commenters, and her body image post-baby. Read on.
On giving birth:
“I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door. And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain.”
On how Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, handled those rumors that Beyoncé wasn’t actually pregnant:
“It’s tough as a mother because people say all this crazy stuff… and I want to say, ‘You should tell them’ sometimes. She’ll say, ‘Mom, I don’t owe them that. Let them say what they want to say.’ ”
“I have to calm her down,” Beyoncé says of her mother.
On the rule she has for reading her own press online:
“Don’t scroll down [to the comments]! You’re definitely going to get your feelings hurt.”
On her body image post baby:
“Right now, after giving birth, I really understand the power of my body. I just feel my body means something completely different. I feel a lot more confident about it. Even being heavier, thinner, whatever. I feel a lot more like a woman. More feminine, more sensual. And no shame.”
Head over to Vogue.com to read a longer excerpt of the cover story and see the editorial.
Photos: Patrick Demarchelier/Vogue