On January 7, 2012, Beyoncé’s life changed forever when she gave birth to her daughter Blue Ivy.
Cover girl of US Vogue’s March 2013 issue, the first time mother, superstar and wife of rapper and Roc Nation head Jay-Z, opened up to the magazine about her birthing experience.
Describing it as “the best day” of her life, Beyoncé told Vogue’s Jason Gay:
“I felt very maternal around eight months, and I thought I couldn’t become any more until I saw the baby. But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door.”
Of the extraordinary but not unheard of emotional connection, the 31-year-old star added:
“And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain. We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.”
Revealing that the people in the birthing room were her “family and my closest people,” Beyoncé continued, “everything that scared me just was not present in that room.”
For the Grammy winning performer who wowed millions during an scorched earth halftime show at the Super Bowl on February 3, that security blanket helped her let go of fears about going into labor, the Daily Mail reports.
On whether her and Jay-Z’s future involves having more children, Beyoncé is adamant that they will, but isn’t sure when.
“When I was younger, there were moments where I said, ‘I’m not going to have children’, and then moments when I wanted four. And now I definitely want another, but I don’t know when,” said the Houston native.
One thing Beyoncé is sure of, however, is that she wants Blue Ivy to have a normal upbringing.
“It’s very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers,” said the singer, “have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do.”
For those who may think that Blue Ivy lucked out being born to two massively famous music icons. But the way Beyoncé tells it, that feeling cuts both ways.
The “Crazy in Love” singer says having a baby has made her feel more “grounded” and more confident.
“Right now, after giving birth, I really understand the power of my body I just feel my body means something completely different.”
Elaborating, Beyoncé reveals:
“I feel a lot more confident about it. Even being heavier, thinner, whatever. I feel a lot more like a woman. More feminine, more sensual. And no shame.”
“I don’t feel like I have to please anyone. I feel free. I feel like I’m an adult. I’m grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That’s why I’ve worked hard.”
Perhaps channeling Sophia Lauren and/or her Deena Jones character from her starring role in Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls, the Vogue cover evokes a 60’s, old school glamour with bold monochrome colors and cat-eyed, matte makeup.
Now one year on from Blue Ivy’s birth, for Beyoncé it’s back to business.
Despite the lip-sync fracas and a blasting from PETA, the singer’s press build over the last few months has included an increased online presence, perfume featurettes, various interviews, a Presidential inauguration, the Super Bowl, the announcement of a new tour, and an upcoming self-directed documentary airing on HBO February 16.
Last night at the Grammys pre-show, the singer won her 17th Grammy picking up the Best Traditional R& B award for “Love on Top,” a cut off her 2011 album 4.
Beyoncé drew audible gasps when she walked the Grammy red carpet in a black and white Osman Yousefzada pantsuit complete with high ponytail, Swarovski clutch bag, and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, instead of a predictable glamour gown.
Inside the Staples Center, the Carters were seated next to Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel, and made the perfect photo-op as they shared more than a few jokes throughout the night.
Vogue’s cover headline? “Queen B! Beyoncé Rules the World.”