photos by Vogue
September of every year is the biggest month in Fashion. The most iconic style trend debuts, Fashion Weeks all over the Globe, and the largest fashion-fun issues in print. Although this year Vogue stepped things up a notch with something different, and forward-thinking might we add. Gracing the Fashion issue this year is none other than Beyoncé. In a raw unfiltered portrayal where the star says she “tripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.” to really showcase the roots of her ancestry.
Learning that she comes from a Slave owner who fell in love with a married slave, Yoncé explained that it was “a revelation that she had to deal with over time,” and was all the more reason for her to take the opportunity of September to make it a great one. Enlisiting the first ever African American Photographer, Tyler Mitchell, for Vogue in it’s 126 year history. A commendable action for opening doors in which the queen explains that as “leveling paying fields” because she was once told early in her career that black doesn’t sell so she wouldn’t be able to land major magazine covers.
21 years later, on the most important cover for Vogue as a Black woman is excelling! it was next that emotions became at an all-time high for all readers when we learned Beyoncè had to under-go an emergency C-Section:
“I was 218 pounds the day. 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. My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me.”
Taking 6 months pre-Coachella to truly invest in where it truly mattered, herself and her family. Learning from the first time with the birth of Blue Ivy Carter in 2012, she realized that she was very hard on herself and the wants of what she should be portrayed as. “I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it,” faking victim to societal standards about her body post baby. “Looking back, that was crazy.”
In a more serene and peaceful place in her life where she says, “I am accepting of who I am. I will continue to explore every inch of my soul and every part of my artistry. I want to learn more, teach more, and live in full,” are words we should all truly begin to practice, live, and repeat.