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Beyonce Vogue Cover Takeover: Talks Twins’ Labor, Delivery, Motherhood (PHOTOS)

In an unprecedented move, Vogue permitted Beyoncé to have editorial control over its popular September issue and not only did Queen Bey make history by hiring the magazine’s first Black photographer, Travis Wright, in its 126 history to shoot a cover, but she also gave us unprecedented insight into her pregnancy, labor, delivery and her perspective motherhood in her own in-person first person narrative!

It is a glorious issue! On Newsstands now. Here are some of the nuggets she shared with us all:

About the evolution of the magazine and fashion industry towards black people and people of color:

“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,” Beyonce told the magazine. “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.”

About the delivery of her twins who were born via C-section due to Preeclampsia:

“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir,” she wrote. “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.”

It was a shocking experience that she credits her husband, Jay Z for helping her deal with:

“My husband was a soldier and such a strong support system for me,” she continues. “I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later.”

About realizing that C-Section recovery takes a lot longer and is harder than vaginal birth recovery:

“After the C-section, my core felt different,” she stated. “It had been major surgery. Some of your organs are shifted temporarily, and in rare cases, removed temporarily during delivery. I am not sure everyone understands that. I needed time to heal, to recover.”

About embracing her new extra set of curves that have come compliments of being a mom to three:

After giving birth, “my core felt different,” she shared, and  added that he “embraced being curvier” and as she was preparing for her Coachella headlining shows.  And thought she went vegan temporarily, gave up coffee, alcohol and fruit drinks while getting in shame for that performance, she is cool with her different, more full and rounder body.

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller,” she wrote. “I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my (butt) off until I have it. But right now, my (bigger bikini area) and I feel like we are meant to be.”

About lessons from succumbing to societal pressures for celeb women to peel off baby weight shortly after giving birth:

“I believed in the things society said about how my body should look,” she wrote. “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. Looking back, that was crazy.”

About the different way she is approaching recovering from twin delivery:

“During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier,” the “Apesh*it” singer pens.  “I accepted what my body wanted to be… was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves.”

Going back to Natural for the Vogue shoot

She purposefully went with the bare stripped away, back to nature, theme and for the Vogue shoot avoided “the wigs and hair extensions” and wore scant makeup in an attempt to inspire other women to embrace their natural bodies.

On growth from her 20s to today:

“I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her,” the multi-platinum global artist revealed. “I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful.”

About connection to her slave and African ancestry:

“I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave,” she shared. “I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time,” adding,  “I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.”

On exposing her heritage and roots and culture to larger audience during Coachella:

“I had a clear vision for Coachella. I was so specific because I’d seen it, I’d heard it, and it was already written inside of me,” she writes about singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the black national anthem, during her performance and quoting Malcolm X in between songs.

“I know that most of the young people on the stage and in the audience did not know the history of the black national anthem before Coachella. But they understood the feeling it gave them,” she explained. “It was a celebration of all the people who sacrificed more than we could ever imagine, who moved the world forward so that it could welcome a woman of color to headline such a festival.”

About what she wishes for her daughters and son:

As the mother of two girls, Beyonce says she wants her daughters to know that they can be anything, “CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives.”

“They don’t have to be a certain type or fit into a specific category. They don’t have to be politically correct, as long as they’re authentic, respectful, compassionate, and empathetic,” she writes. “I want the same things for my son. I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest. It’s everything a woman wants in a man, and yet we don’t teach it to our boys.”

Beyonce is currently embarking on the On The Run II tour with Jay-Z, which concludes on Oct. 4 in Seattle.

Awesome!

Beyonce Shares Photo of Twins Rumi And Sir at OTRII Tour Opener

Update:  Beyonce’s rep states that the babies she is holding are not her twins. Hrmph!

Beyonce gave the audience in Cardiff, Wales the first glimpse of her twins Rumi and Sir Wednesday at the opening of her and husband Jay Z’s “On the Run II” Tour.

In a large screen video showcase, an image of the superstar in beads and braids appears with Queen B cradling each child in one arm.  The words “Love is Universal” appears as well. The photo is reminiscent of her first photos that she shared shortly after the twin babies were born last July 2017.

One fan capture the image and it quickly went viral. The photo is old’ish because, by now, her son and daughter are close to 1-year old. The show features  another showcase with Jay-Z holding the twins too.

 

Now, a lot of people’s curiosity is piqued as to whether Blue Ivy or other precious family moments will be shared.

Top 10 Most Liked Instagram Photos Are by Cristiano Ronaldo, Beyonce and Selena Gomez

 

Instagram has released its list of the top most popular shares of 2017 and Cristiano Ronaldo was among the three people in the top 10 list.

This photo of himself with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez shortly after the birth of their first child together, Alana Martina, with Ronaldo’s son, Cristiano Jr peering on, garnered the number 2 most liked photo so far: over 11 Million

A Alana Martina acaba de nascer! Tanto a Geo como a Alana estão muito bem! Estamos todos muito felizes! ❤️

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The photo with him and his twins he welcomed via an anonymous surrogate mom from earlier this year  is in the top 10 at #5: 8 million and counting!

So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life ?❤

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He is also #8 with another family photo from before Georgina started showing:

Family mood ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Queen Beyonce was (is) number #1 with 11, 118,000+



And at 10 Million is also #4 with her photos with herself and the birthed twins as 1-month old newborns: Siri and Rumi:

 

Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today. ??❤️??????????

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wow!

Rumi and Sir Carter Confirmed: And Now Us Peons Try Decoding Their Sex (An Exercise)

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Just because Beyonce has revealed the names of her twins, Rumi and Sir Carter, early this morning doesn’t mean she is done dangling Swarovski –encrusted carrots in our faces.

We still don’t know the sex of the babies.

Now when TMZ revealed earlier this month  that Beyonce’s trademark holding company BGK Trademark Holdings (Beyonce Gisele Knowles) sought to claim Rumi and Sir Carter, TMZ also assumed then the babies were a girl and boy.

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Perhaps they jumped the shark and we all joined in! Hmmmm. * side eye emoji *

The name Rumi appears to be homage to a 13th century Persian poet by that name — and Sir happens to be referenced in one of his most famous poems:

“Bring the pure wine of

love and freedom.

But sir, a tornado is coming.

More wine, we’ll teach this storm

A thing or two about whirling.”

Sir is a very masculine name as knighted men are called Sir and as we know in formal chatter men are called sir and women are called madame.

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The trademarks are for fragrances, cosmetics, key chains, baby teething rings, strollers, mugs, water bottles, hair ribbons, playing cards, tote bags, sports balls, rattles and novelty items.

Hair ribbons?! Girl no?!

Thus Boy & Girl. Right!?

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It is still not clear and apparently, people are fighting about it in social media.

A friend of mine and I had a lengthy convo this morning about this very subject when she asked me to confirm the sex of the babies.

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She pointed out the fact that it looks like the  emoji’s on her caption are two boys.

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But the baby emoji is gender neutral.

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And she pointed out that Bey is wearing a purple and blue robe and purple is a color often associated with girls as well,  so there is that also.

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And I learn from the Internet that the clothing is from a Spanish designer Paloma Spain who is known for androgynous clothing

Is this an ode to the late great Prince or something?

Hrmph!!!

Long story short, no, Bey is not done messing with us.

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I agree with Sarran at this point:

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And here, take my hashtags to commemorate and celebrate this moment. Feel free to grab any to accompany your photos sharing the occasion today.

#SirCarter #RumiCarter #shedoneitagain #TheCarterEmpire #Beyhive #IWantABoyAndGirlToFightForTruth #BabiesOfInstagram #BabiesThatSlay #TheCarterThrone #HeirToTheThrone #Teambeyonce #QueenBeyonce #MrsCarter #BGKC #444 #ShawnCartersSpawns #SpawnOfShawnCarter #BeyoncegGselleKnowlesCarter #Beyhydration #Beystan #Kingbey #HoneyBey #Slayoncé #Beyinspired #Bowdown #BeyoncéKnowles #Flawless #Fierce

Beyonce Introduces Twins on Their One Month Birthday

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Happy One Birthday to Sir And Rumi Carter who made their public debut today when shortly after midnight, their mom Beyonce posted on her Instagram a gloriously extra portrait of herself holding the two blessings.

It didn’t take long for the photo, captioned “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today” to get 4 million likes and that was before the dawn of a new day on the East Coast.

We predict another Instagram like record to be shattered.

Mrs. Knowles broke the last record when she announced the pregnancy with the twins in the first place at the beginning of the year.

That photo garnered 6.3 Million likes in about 8 hours “!

This Internet-breaking photo also confirmed what TMZ first reported: the names of the twins.

The celebrity gossip’s sites sleuths discovered recently that the same company that tried to trademark Blue Ivy had applied to protect Sir Carter and Rumi Carter’s names at the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Editor’s Note: I want to give a shout out to insominia for learning of this news so early. I woke up at 4 am, took a shower, scrubbed my bathtub, put some shower curtains and then a couple sets of sheets in the washer, and braided my daughter’s hair before finally turning on my phone to see my friend who is CNN’s Entertainment Digital maven share the news. H/T to the phenomenal Lisa France. Now I can fall asleep happy. LOL!

 

Beyonce and Jay Z have Already Trademarked These Names of the Twins

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Apparently, Beyonce and Jay Z’s twins may be named Rumi Carter and Sir Carter, or a derivative of  those names.

This would likely confirm that they are a baby boy and girl. Reportedly, the couple has already filed trademark protection claims for the names.

According to CNN, a company that has registered other marks for the famous duo recently filed paperwork to protect those names.

Recall after they welcomed 5-year old Blue Ivy, Beyonce Knowles Carter and husband Shawn Carter attempted to claim her name for purposes of future marketing Baby-related products  but lost to an event planner who had already secured the name and had been using it in the stream of commerce for a while.

It would be interesting to know if they did advance research before settling on a name.

Similar with the first claim, the new one also asserts the names would be used to sell an array of goods, including skin and hair products, key chains, DVDs, CDs,teething rings, baby carriages and strollers.

Speaking of Shawn Carter, he dropped his last album, “4:44”  yesterday which is supposedly autobiographical and responds to cheating allegations that have encircled the couple since that infamous elevator Solange beat down and  Beyonce’s Lemonade album. The entire project seemed to be about the road from infidelity to redemption in their marriage but who knows.

They both could be just yanking our chain.