Bow Down: Beyoncé Debuts Her Historic September Covers for ‘Vogue'
The famous Vogue September issue has more than one claim to fame this year. It marks the first time in the magazine’s 126-year history that a black photographer shot the cover images (by Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old…yep, we feel old, too). It’s also the first time editor-in-chief Anna Wintour gave full and “unprecedented” creative control to a cover star, and boy (bye), did Beyoncé blow us away.
“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,” Beyoncé writes in the new issue. “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.”
The mama of three also penned an essay about the birth of her now 1-year-old twins, Rumi and Sir, for the issue, continuing the singer's practice of not granting traditional interviews to the media.
"I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir," she writes. "I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU."
"After the C-section, my core felt different. It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery," the 36-year-old writes. "I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be."
More acceptance, more self-love, more groundbreaking moments: We expected nothing less from Queen Bey.