FILE PHOTO: Singer-Songwriter Beyonce Knowles arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 2, 201
7 August 2018: Beyonce has opened up about the difficult birth of her twins last year and how it changed her body, saying she has embraced her curves and was in no rush to get her old figure back.
The fiercely private “Lemonade” singer, 36, who rarely gives interviews, got personal for the September issue of Vogue magazine, in which she appears on the cover with little makeup.
“I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it,” she said in the interview, released on Monday. “I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it.”
She said she weighed 218 pounds when she underwent an emergency cesarean section to deliver her twins Rumi and Sir in June 2017 and decided to allow herself time to recover rather than rushing to lose her baby weight.
“I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be,” Beyonce said. “I was patient with myself and enjoyed my fuller curves.”
The influential singer, who last year topped the Forbes 2017 list of highest-paid women in the music industry with an estimated $105 million, said she had decided to do the Vogue photo shoot without wigs or hair extensions, and with as little makeup as possible.
“I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies ... To this day, my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller,” she told Vogue.