Beyoncé: she’s a superstar celeb, powerhouse musical artist and mama to three. She’s also splashed on the front of the September Vogue cover, where she was given unprecedented creative control. Amid her stunning photos, Beyoncé opens up about her emergency C-section when delivering twins Rumi and Sir, giving fans an intimate sneak peek into a deeply personal part of her life.

Beyoncé revealed she developed preeclampsia during her pregnancy with the twins. This potentially life-threatening complication causes elevated blood pressure and extreme swelling. If left untreated it can progress to seizures or other seriously dangerous problems for both mom and baby.

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The only treatment or “cure” for preeclampsia is delivery—often via C-section. Beyoncé wrote for Vogue, “I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section.”

Not only does Beyoncé open up about her seriously scary delivery, but she also spoke out about her post-baby body. “During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be.”

Beyoncé’s photos for Vogue the 35-year-old singer with sparse, understated makeup while draped in wow-worthy outfits. The superstar mama said of her styling for the photos, “I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.”

"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," says @Beyonce in our September issue cover story. "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." She adds, "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." Tap the link in our bio to read the full story. Photographed by @tylersphotos, fashion editor @tonnegood, Vogue, September 2018.

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The September 2018 issue of Vogue hits newsstands in New York City and Los Angeles on Aug. 14 and nationwide on Aug. 21—but you can check out Beyoncé’s powerful article right now at Vogue’s website.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Tyler Mitchell for Vogue, via Beyoncé/Instagram 

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