In case you hadn’t heard, pop diva Beyoncé appears on the September cover of Vogue magazine, the biggest issue of the year. Along with her appearance in the mag she approved all of the photos and captions and wrote her own interview, controlling every part of her self-presentation. She also had 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell take her cover shot, making the Beyoncé Vogue cover the first ever to be shot by a black photographer.
After reading her self-interview, we wanted to pull out five quotations that made us raise our eyebrows, including one about her FUPA (that’s “fat upper-pussy area,” also known as the mons pubis).
Here are five great quotes from the Beyoncé Vogue September Issue interview:
On what actually happens during a C-section childbirth …
“After the C-section, my core felt different. 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.”
On her FUPA …
“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are fuller. 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 ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”
On her slave ancestry …
“I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave. I had to process that revelation over time. I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective.”
On performing at a place where Hitler used to hold Nazi rallies …
“One of the most memorable moments for me on the On the Run II tour was the Berlin show at Olympiastadion, the site of the 1936 Olympics. This is a site that was used to promote the rhetoric of hate, racism and divisiveness, and it is the place where Jesse Owens won four gold medals, destroying the myth of white supremacy.”
On using her fame to help open doors for certain black artists …
“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. 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.”
“It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.”
What do you think of the Beyoncé Vogue interview?
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