Beyonce’s much anticipated US Vogue September issue cover is here – and there’s one part we did not anticipate.
In her own words, Queen Bey discusses having an emergency C-section when she gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir last year, getting in shape in time for Coachella, and her changing body.
On the latter, Beyonce claims she has a FUPA, or ‘fat upper pubic area’, the area beneath the belly button, otherwise known as a ‘mum pouch’ – and she’s owning it.
“I was 218 pounds [99 kilos] the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir,” she says.
“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 [Neonatal intensive care unit].
“After the C-section, my core felt different,” she reveals.
“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. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier.
“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller,” she says.
“I have a little mummy 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 ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”
And just like that, it’s never been sexier to have a little gut. That’s the Beyonce effect.
In an unprecedented deal, it was reported Beyonce was given complete control over her Vogue cover and interview. She chose 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot her, the first black man to ever photograph a US Vogue cover.