Late last month news broke of Beyoncé gracing the September issue of Vogue Magazine and it being shot for the very first time by a black photographer, Tyler Mitchell. The issue brings the words straight from Mrs. Carter. She speaks on her epic Coachella set, her current tour with Jay-Z, and choosing to work with Mitchell, however, her most striking anecdote comes from her recent journey in pregnancy.

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“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month,” Beyoncé shared. “My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU.

“I am proud to have been a witness to his strength and evolution as a man, a best friend, and a father. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.”


Beyoncé also revealed that she felt the pressure of society in regards to her body and felt a stronger growth to JAY-Z, who she described as “a soldier and such a strong support system for me.”

The feature on Beyoncé also comes with one of photographer Tyler Mitchell, who shot Beyoncé outside of London and described the legendary singer as “an open book—and that’s exactly what you want as a photographer.”

View the full piece from Beyoncé here and read the background of Mitchell here.

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