Beyonce: 'I'm embracing my curves...'

Beyonce is embracing her fuller and "curvier" figure since having twins, saying she is in no rush to return to the gym.

The singer was speaking to the American edition of Vogue, where she took "unprecedented control" for its September issue, one of the magazine's biggest selling of each year.

Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay Z, said she was much more patient and kind with herself during her second pregnancy, compared with the rush of getting back into shape after her first.

She told Vogue: "After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look.

"I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it.

"Looking back, that was crazy."

She explained her second pregnancy, in which she carried twins Rumi and Sir, she was swollen from toxemia (pre-eclampsia), and had to take a month's bed rest.

Her health was in danger and she was given an emergency caesarean.

She added: "During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier.

"I accepted what my body wanted to be."

Her preparation for Coachella included going vegan, giving up alcohol, coffee, and fruit juice, but she said she was "patient" and enjoying her fuller figure.

The former Destiny's Child frontwoman said she is prepared to go into "beast mode" when she wants to see a six-pack again, but has no problems enjoying her figure in the meantime.

Beyonce's interview in the September edition also marks the first time an African-American photographer has shot the cover for the publication.

She explained she wanted to use her influence to support other artists, and choosing 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell was a step to ensuring "everyone's voice counts".

Beyonce also talked about her favourite moment in her tour with Jay Z, when they performed a sold out show at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, where the 1936 Olympics were held.

She said seeing the packed stadium full of love was a marker of how far the world has come in less than 90 years, since Jesse Owens faced racial prejudice when he won four gold medals on the track.

Beyonce's interview is in September's Vogue.

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