Over the weekend we got our first look at Beyoncé‘s newest Vogue magazine coverphoto, which was leaked online by a fan, and today we get to see photos from her Vogue photospread and read some excerpts from her coverstory interview. Before Beyoncé‘s Vogue feature in this Power issue was leaked, it was rumored that she was photographed by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz … but, in fact, she was photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. As you can see below, Bey looks elegant in her Vogue photos (even the underwear shot is classy) and as you can read in the accompanying interview excerpts, Bey talks openly about the birth of her first child and has already got baby number 2 on her mind … HMMM. Check it out.
Covering the March issue of Vogue, [Beyoncé] has opened up for the first time about her daughter’s painless birth, which she describes as ‘the best day’ of her life. Speaking to Vogue’s Jason Gay, for the first time Beyoncé went into detail about the emotions that took over as she prepared to bring a new life into the world. She said: ‘I felt very maternal around eight months, and I thought I couldn’t become any more until I saw the baby. But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door.’ Continuing she explained: ‘And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain. We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.’ Stating that the people present at her birth made the experience that much better, Beyoncé expressed that the fears she had about going into labor quickly disappeared. ‘My family and my closest people were there when I gave birth. Everything that scared me just was not present in that room.’ She added: ‘So for me to really let go and really appreciate every contraction. It was the best day of my life.’
Talking a little about her plans for the future, Beyoncé said that she is planning to have another child but isn’t sure when she’ll be ready for a second baby. ‘When I was younger, there were moments where I said, “I’m not going to have children”, and then moments when I wanted four. And now I definitely want another, but I don’t know when.’ But she made it clear that she wants one-year-old Blue to have a normal upbringing despite the fact her parents are global superstars: ‘It’s very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers. Have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do.’ Confirming that Blue’s presence in her life has made her feel more ‘grounded’, she revealed that she has a whole new level of confidence. She said: ‘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. Reaffirming her new mindset, the singer continued: ‘I don’t feel like I have to please anyone. I feel free. I feel like I’m an adult. I’m grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That’s why I’ve worked hard.’
I love Bey, I really do, but her perfect answers are just too perfect. I would love for Beyoncé to say, Giving birth was painful and messy but worth the effort … or something like that, something more human. To hear her talk about it, everything is absolutely perfect all the time. I suppose it’s possible that Bey‘s life is one of perfection (I honestly wouldn’t be too surprised if it was, to be honest) but no one’s life is perfect. I find that the people who talk about perfection so much are the ones whose lives are far from perfect. But, who am I to discount her own words. I guess I, personally, would respond to her better if she came across as more approachable and human rather than picture perfect all the time. But, honestly, I can’t be mad at her. Truly perfect life or not, Beyoncé has worked very hard for everything she has … and she deserves to enjoy the bountiful fruits of her labor in any way she sees fit. This issue of Vogue hits newsstands on February 19.