Beyoncé knows how to create magic in everything she does. And Beyoncé’s quotes about body acceptance in her Vogue interview are no exception. The multi-talented performer recently opened up in a series of essays for the magazine about quite a few personal issues, but her beautiful, raw honesty about how she feels about her body these days is sure to stick with you long after you’re done reading.

Beyoncé graced the cover of Vogue’s coveted September issue, and because she’s Beyoncé, she made sure everything in the issue was as magical as it could possibly be: She teamed up with an incredibly talented, 23-year-old photographer named Tyler Mitchell, a groundbreaking move in and of itself, as Mitchell is the first black photographer to ever shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine’s 125-year history. Beyonce talks about how with this cover shoot, she saw an opportunity to lift other artists around her. The 36-year-old performer also chose to write a series of essays for the magazine’s September issue, as opposed to sitting down for a traditional interview. One of Beyoncé’s essays explored, with raw honesty, how she feels about her body these days, particularly after giving birth to her twins, Rumi and Sir.

 

Speaking to The Business of Fashion, Mitchell revealed that working with Knowles was both challenging and enriching.

“[Knowles] really pushes you to the creative limit,” he said. “A lot of the research was very cultural as well. How do we tie in references from the diaspora and what it means to be African American?” In the photographs, the singer opts for minimal makeup to champion natural beauty, and is pictured wearing a decadent floral headdress by Rebel Rebel and a Gucci gown on one of the two covers.

For the second cover, she is pictured outside wearing a tiered red, green and yellow-striped gown and corset by Alexander McQueen. In the accompanying interview, Knowles recalls how she was told early on in her career that she would struggle to make it onto magazine covers because “black people did not sell”.

“Clearly that has been proven a myth,” she tells Vogue.

 

 

On the need for diversity.

If people in powerful positions continue to hire and cast only people who look like them, sound like them, come from the same neighborhoods they grew up in, they will never have a greater understanding of experiences different from their own. They will hire the same models, curate the same art, cast the same actors over and over again, and we will all lose. The beauty of social media is it’s completely democratic. Everyone has a say. Everyone’s voice counts, and everyone has a chance to paint the world from their own perspective.

 

 

“My mother taught me the importance not just of being seen but of seeing myself. As the mother of two girls, it’s important to me that they see themselves too—in books, films, and on runways. It’s important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives—that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling. 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.”

 

Freedom

“I don’t like too much structure. I like to be free. I’m not alive unless I am creating something. I’m not happy if I’m not creating, if I’m not dreaming, if I’m not creating a dream and making it into something real. I’m not happy if I’m not improving, evolving, moving forward, inspiring, teaching, and learning.”