Beyoncé today (December 9, 2019) officially previewed her debut Ivy Park collection with Adidas, a clothing and shoe collection slated to launch on January 18th. Along with the launch news, the 38-year old entertainer was tapped by Elle Canada for a cover story and spread that included pieces from the capsule.
As shot by Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas and styled by Karen Langley, Beyoncé was photographed in everyday settings like including a supermarket, laundromat and grocery store, all of which are located in the Crenshaw neighborhood of f Los Angeles.
As part of the cover story, Beyoncé responded to fan-generated questions about motherhood, self care, marriage and dealing with intense levels of fame.
When asked about what stresses her out these days, Beyoncé admitted she has the same issues as most working mothers. She explained, “I think the most stressful thing for me is balancing work and life. Making sure I am present for my kids, dropping Blue off at school, taking Rumi and Sir to their activities, making time for date nights with my husband, and being home in time to have dinner with my family
In addition to family, Beyoncé says part of the balance includes caring for oneself. “Most women have been conditioned to ignore symptoms and just tough it out and focus on taking care of everyone else before themselves,” she said. ‘I am no longer one of those people. After having a difficult pregnancy, I took a year to focus on my health. I have researched information on homeopathic medicines. I don’t just put any prescription in my body. My diet is important, and I use tools like acupuncture, meditation, visualization and breathing exercises.”
And if you’ve ever dissed Beyoncé on the internet, you can start feeling bad about yourself right about now because sometimes she reads the comments. She explained, “Yes, I’m human. In moments of vulnerability, I try to remind myself I’m strong and I’m built for this. Thank God most of the noise bounces off of me after all of these years.”
At the same time, she’s not very bothered about the constant scrutiny of her body. She noted, “Children and maturity have taught me to value myself beyond my physical appearance and really understand that I am more than enough no matter what stage I’m at in life. Giving zero ?s is the most liberating place to be. Also knowing that true beauty is something you cannot see. I wish more people focused on discovering the beauty within themselves rather than critiquing other folks’ grills.”
Check out images from the spread below.
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For ELLE’s January 2020 issue, @beyonce offers a rare opportunity for fans: Full access. In an intimate #AMA session with her Beyhive, the superstar opens up about motherhood, self-care, and her new #IVYPARK x @adidas partnership. Link in bio for the full cover story and shoot, photographed by her ‘Formation’ collaborator and ‘Queen & Slim’ director @msmelina. #BeyoncexELLE ELLE January 2020: Editor-in-Chief: @ninagarcia Cover star: @beyonce Photographer: @msmelina Stylist: #KarenLangley Makeup: @sirjohn Hair: @nealfarinah @nakiarachon Production: Ben Bonnet @westyproductions