On Monday, Lainey wrote about how Beyoncé does not explain. We know this. We rarely get words from our Queen unless she is honouring Miss Tina, supporting Solange or dropping life-changing pieces of art that speak for themselves. Yesterday, Beyoncé still did not explain. She let her rep Yvette Noel-Schure do the talking.
Yvette issued a 300-word throwdown in response to this story in Media Takeout. I’ll get to the astonishing audacity of Media Takeout to come for our Queen like this but first, let’s take a look at these photos that allegedly make Beyoncé look like she got “Kylie Jenner lip injections.”
If you’re following Queen Bey on Instagram (of course you are), you know that she has been routinely gifting us with photoshoots that heavily feature her pregnant belly, otherwise known as the sacred vessel carrying the holy beybies. These photos are carefully curated, as Beyoncé does, and prove that maternity wear is a term that doesn’t exist in our Queen’s vocabulary. Vogue even published a story this week praising Beyoncé’s pregnancy style.
Beyoncé sent the clear message that pregnancy isn’t an inconvenience (even in her nonstop life) but cause for celebration.
This is the only acceptable reaction to photoshoots that include shots like this:
And this slideshow:
Beyoncé looks FLAWLESS as usual. There are many things in these images I was focusing on before I even noticed her lips. The outfits. The hair. The poses. Sure, Bey’s lips look full and luscious but when do they not? This is what Media Takeout wrote about Beyoncé ’s lips:
We’ve heard of your NOSE growing during pregnancy . . . but can it happen to your lips too?? That’s what Beyoncé would like us to think. Look at her “new and improved” lips.
When I wrote about TMZ’s claim that Beyoncé was allegedly hiding her pregnant belly from the paparazzi, I mentioned that pregnant celebrities are often unfairly scrutinized. Beyoncé is the subject of negative tabloid stories all the time. So, given what we know about how Beyoncé never explains, you would think that she’d ignore this story, like she does every other one. Instead, her rep released the following statement to Gossip Cop, addressed to the Media Takeout staff. I’m going to give this statement to you in its entirety, because every word is truly incredible.
“What do you know about the effects of pregnancy on a woman’s entire body? Please tell me. Did you know that in addition to weight gain there is often a dramatic change in the blood flow in the system and increased fluid causing swelling? Do you know that often women’s gums get swollen? Do you know that it sometimes affects our speech, our ability to chew intently and a host of other things? But the sacrifice to our faces, our feet and our entire bodies is something we welcome because we bring beautiful humans into the world who will one day combat your hate and negativity. I stood silent during Beyoncé ’s first pregnancy when you thought it was okay to bully her like the cowards you are, when you accused her of never being pregnant, but I simply cannot this time. You are the saddest individuals and picking on a pregnant lady is tantamount to possessing the coldest, despicable heart. You need to find something else to do with your time and maybe stop by a store that has happiness on sale because you need to buy some.”
Beyoncé’s publicist would not be able to go off like this without Bey’s consent. So, why did this particular story illicit such an impassioned response? There may be a lot of reasons. For one, black women's lips are a loaded subject. For years, white actresses like Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts were praised for their full lips while black girls dealt with ridicule directed at these same features. Look at how Nina Simone's features were maligned and mocked. I bring up this example often but remember when the New York Times wrote that Viola Davis’s features were not “classically beautiful?” Then, Kylie Jenner pumped up her lips and created a f-cking empire based on the fact that she manufactured lips that so many girls have been told to be ashamed of. So, I can understand why the idea that a black woman's lips couldn't possibly be real would get to Beyoncé. And there's Yvette’s point that Bey's lips are swollen due to the fact that she's you know, making two humans in her womb. I've never been pregnant but my friends have told me that pregnancy swelling is real and something they were constantly self-conscious of. To take a natural thing that happens to a woman’s body while she is pregnant and mock it is gross and irresponsible.
Beyoncé has been telling us, for months, that a pregnant woman’s body is beautiful and should be celebrated. So, again, I think the only acceptable question to ask after Beyoncé posts her magnificent Instagram photoshoots is, “Can we have some more?