Beyonce ‘hasn’t started to work out yet… she is all about recovering’

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The Mother of the World, Beyonce, posted these photos to her social media on Friday. Bey and Jay-Z actually had a date night without the twins on Thursday night, so the paparazzi snapped some pics of the two of them out and about – go here to see. I was pleased to see that Beyonce looks like a woman who gave birth one month ago, as in… she hasn’t lost the baby weight. Very few women lose the baby weight in the first month, and the conversation about “losing the baby weight” is rather gross pregnancy-shaming/weight-shaming anyway. I would have been happy enough to simply talk about Beyonce without talking about her weight or anything like that. Unfortunately, Beyonce seems to want us to talk about her weight.

Back in the not-so-distant past, Beyonce’s first pregnancy featured a lot of speculation about pillows and bumps that seemed to “fold” when she sat down. After Blue Ivy was born, Beyonce seemed to “snap back” to her old body pretty quickly, which is easy to do when you just detach the pillow. In those early months of 2012, Beyonce spoke to People Magazine about how she was back in the gym, working out three or four times a week soon after Blue was born. Beyonce’s trainer even said that Bey was actually working out five times a week, doing high-impact exercise, soon after giving birth. None of it seemed… authentic. Like, I believed Beyonce was working out like crazy. I just didn’t believe that a woman who had just recently given birth could work out with that intensity. So what do you make of this new story of Beyonce’s post-twins body?

A source close to Beyoncé tells PEOPLE the mother of three hasn’t hit the gym in the month since delivering twins — despite the trim figure she showed off on Thursday and Friday.

“Beyoncé hasn’t started to work out yet,” the source says. “She is all about recovering.”

The 35-year-old “Crazy in Love” singer shocked fans on Friday when she shared the first photo of one-month-old twins Rumi and Sir Carter to Instagram. But aside from the pic being the first time the Beyhive caught a glimpse of the newest members of her and husband JAY-Z‘s family, it was also the first time Beyoncé showed off her post-baby body. Wearing a flowing Palomo Spain ensemble in the shot, which was styled in a similar theme to the the stunning maternity photo she used to announce her pregnancy in February, Beyoncé showed off her trim stomach, which had many online feeling “jealous.”

She followed the pic up hours later by posting a series of selfies taken in her $400,000-a-month Malibu rental — dressed in a form-fitting, corset-like mini skirt with a long-sleeved white top. Beyoncé paired the entire look with a fur bag and sky-high block heels, which accentuated her famously toned gams.

[From People]

Again, go back and look at the un-Photoshopped photos of Bey and Jay’s date night. She still has a belly and her body still looks like she recently gave birth. I don’t get why Beyonce needs us to look at all of these corseted, Photoshopped and “angled” photos of her postpartum body. What’s the point? Is the point to make other women feel bad about not looking Photoshop-perfect immediately after giving birth? Is this supposed to be aspirational?


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  1. Shelly says:

    She is such an awful dresser! Her and Kate Middleton have much to talk about. SOlange on the other hand is great even if I don’t care for her vintage looks they are always done right.
    That Virgin Mary pic is so ridiculous but her middle is Photoshopped blurry and obscured with the excess fabric so it’s difficult to tell what her stomach looks like.

  2. Tanguerita says:

    I am so over this woman by now, the word for it hasn’t been invented yet.

  3. ME says:

    This is what bothers me about Beyonce – this recent “earth mother” image is carefully curated. She is still strategically posed, with the lighting just right, to convey the female body in a specific way. Plus, let’s not forget, there have been reports of photoshopping a thigh-gap into her Instagram photo in the past.

    Perhaps I’m reading too much into this new image she is portraying via IG photos, but it seems hypocritical. Her recent work has included powerful messages of self-acceptance, raw pain and authenticity, yet she still controls how her body is shown and presents an often unattainable, idealized form the female body. It seems like Beyonce doesn’t walk the talk.


    • Clare says:

      This x 100.

      I like her music, but I find her image and over manipulation/self importance really grating.
      Her and Jay-Z both need reality checks – but that is unlikely while people worship her like the earthly embodiment of God(dess)

    • Snowflake says:

      Oh, c’mon, you can accept yourself and still try to look your best in pictures! If you wear makeup, that doesnt mean you dont accept yourself. Esp if I was famous, I would definitely try to look my best in stuff I posted online.

    • Wisca says:

      No need to duck ME. Perhaps Beyonce is aware of the viciousness that confronts women (by say, like the women on this forum) when they are not perfect? For example, the attacks on Pippa’s low-hanging breasts yesterday, or how “old” and wrong Kate Middleton is every time she appears. Beyonce’s aim at perfection is, I assume, a shield against the woman-led attacks on non perfection or she knows that her power is only partially about her talent.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        Good point, except I think men are just as guilty of that sort of thing on sites where the readers aren’t mostly women. I don’t fault Beyonce for having insecurities about her looks/bodiy though ( even though she’s a beauty and it seems uncalled for). It makes her human. I have yet to come across a progressive celebrity or regular woman who has never shown any insecurity at all about looks, even if they do call for body positivity or talk about beauty standards. People don’t always perfectly live up to their own beliefs. Somebody can have 0 tolerance for hearing others get picked apart over their bodies but still have some aspect of their own looks that they don’t like and want to tweak.

    • Jmeow says:

      She doesn’t control her image, she just got burned by Wendy Williams years ago because she can’t actually hold a conversation and stopped doing interviews. She’s still hungry as f for fame.
      Can’t stand famous ppl and their stupid babies. Like am I supposed to care ? Oh yay you had a baby. Was it for real this time or fake like last time.

  4. sunnydaze says:

    I was really happy to read this after that initial re-touched photo. I gave birth 9 months ago, but it left me with an overhanging pannus. Not to long, but enough that I have chronic skin lesions opening up under the fold from the skin on skin contact that make any exercise pretty painful – not to mention the sweat always causes the bandages to fall off. I do what I can, but I’m definitely fighting some serious depression about not losing a lot of the weight (and the awful feeling of this overhanging skin). Trying to make a case to insurance for the removal of the pannus, but not going well. In the meantime, seeing small gestures of realness from celebs can go a long way for me. So, thanks Beyonce/tabloid speculation for putting a little pep in my step this morning :)

  5. INeedANap says:

    It’s sad she has to answer for this at all. It’s sad she feels compelled to post doctored up pictures at all.

    Giving birth is a long and difficult endeavor that changes your body and leaves you with a new person. Ladies, take your time. Heal. Feeeeck the haters.

  6. Coop says:

    I’m so sick of the ego. SO sick of the ego. I would respect her more as a talented artist if she wasn’t such a cocky woman.

    It’s literally like she expects us to worship everything she does and not question it.
    Beyoncé does not have a belly, mere mortals. It is toned!
    That’s not photoshop, that’s simply a brush of the magic wand! Fools.
    You mortals just must be jealous.

  7. Reader says:

    I’d like to know how she fits the postpartum dino-sized pads under that little skirt.

  8. Tiffany says:

    She and Solange look so much alike now. I did not see it at first, but that top photo, identical.

  9. swak says:

    Does anyone know if they were delivered by C-Section or not (not that it is our business)? But that could explain why she hasn’t started working out yet. And I WISH I had her body four weeks after having a baby. If I saw her on the street and didn’t know who she was, I would not think that she had just had a baby. Some people snap back better than others.

  10. Snowflake says:

    I think she looks great. I’m thick like her, I think my body would be out of control if I had a baby. She’s doing great

  11. swedish chef says:

    Of course she is not thinking about working out. Look at her navel. Placed too high and looks like a perfect circle, aka man-made. She had a tummy tuck like many wealthy mothers do.

  12. slowsnow says:

    Come on now. WHY wouldn’t she post a picture of herself from a good angle, looking great. This is not over the top as her usual recent posts. Just a beautiful mamma. We always want to look our best don’t we?

    • LaBlah says:

      Exactly. How many of us chose the flattering pics for Facebook? Not many post the harsh lighting, greasy haired, PMT bloat and pimpled ones. Why should she be any different. Most of us also don’t have a job that is significantly based on appearance.

  13. minx says:

    Work out?! She just had twins! She needs to take it easy and enjoy the babies for awhile.

  14. Taiss says:

    These comments?! 😂 😂 . You don’t like her but clicked here to complain, you also did the same last week, you’ll probably do the same tomorrow if they post about her.

    why don’t you do yourself a favor and not read about her? I do the same with celebs I don’t like. Tell yourself the truth you’re not over her, it’s something else, figure it out….

    • Tanguerita says:

      and what would that be? enlighten me.

    • Lynnie says:

      “You don’t like her but clicked here to complain, you also did the same last week, you’ll probably do the same tomorrow if they post about her”

      Exactamundo. People that one truly doesn’t care about do not occupy this much space in one’s head I don’t care what anybody says.

    • Wilma says:

      Yup. Especially as Beyoncé actually isn’t in our faces all the time and hardly does any publicity at all. I follow her on instagram, but if you would like to ignore her it’s not that damn hard. There are a lot of people who really are in our faces all the time, inject themselves in every damn topic, go on pap strolls, make sure they’re all over the place and frankly most of those people have a lot less talent to back that up.
      Personally I think the posed picture is a very deliberate public performance of Beyoncé that has nothing to do with wanting to come across as perfect, but more as a seperation between Beyoncé the public person and the private person. And Beyoncé the public person injects a lot of symbolism into her performance. Personally I love that, but if you don’t it’s easy to avoid her.

  15. Chingona says:

    Am I the only one who thinks renting a mansion for $400,000 a month is insane. I get they are rich and they can do what they want, but that amount for just renting blows my mind. Also I like that she isn’t trying to snap back so fast, but that might be because of the 6-week C-section rule.

  16. Honey says:

    I’m the mother of twins, and I took some time to recover. Most mothers don’t give birth and then go to the gym the next day doing jumping jacks and sit-ups. The doctor told me not to exercise too soon.
    She should only show un-Photoshopped pictures to make her seem more real. Showing touched up pictures making her look perfect right after birth is silly and seems like she’s desperate for admiration

  17. ElleBee says:

    Am I blind? That first photo doesn’t look photshopped to me but the lighting and angle is just flattering.

    After Blue (January) she had to get back in shape because she had Revel in May and her dance routines are pretty high energy. This time around I don’t think she has anything until Coachella but the has time. After Blue her hips were really wide though and then she got super skinny.

  18. detritus says:

    If I could look even partially that good on a regular day, let alone 4 weeks post partum.
    She looks lovely, and she’s not even half as annoying as the crunchy earth mothers I know on facebook.

  19. Naddie says:

    So, the name is really Sir? I really thought it was a joke.

  20. Jeesie says:

    Have people forgotten that not long ago she was actually trying to ban unflattering pictures of her from the internet, and photoshopping in a ridiculously large and obviously fake thigh gap on every Insta post?

    Using baby photo’s to spark discussion about her photoshopped flat stomach is completely on brand.

  21. Cupcake says:

    I have an almost 3 month old. I should lose weight for health reasons but I refuse to let body image make me depressed. I love being the soft Mama for my baby to cuddle with. My life is filled with so much love, who cares about adipose?

  22. magnoliarose says:

    My complaint is her tacky outfit. If I could hold her hostage and dress her for just a day I would make her a believer. I don’t care if she is carrying some pounds and neither do her fans. When she is styled right she is incredible but this mess is a nope.

  23. Shannon says:

    Meh. I don’t see her as being arrogant. I think she’s just private, which is her right and I understand. I’m from the south and I see people spend money (that they don’t have) on cheesy photoshoots like this all the time. That, and beauty pageants, and weddings, and omg … the list goes on. *shrug* I don’t see the problem. It’s not my style, but if it’s her style go for it. What’s the big deal? I know I do sh!t other people think is weird/stupid/makes no sense to them, but I sure appreciate it if they just let me do me.