When red-hot mama Beyonce dropped her fifth (surprise!) studio album loaded with 17 visual videos, it was to the shock and awe of the world. But it was B's well-hidden message for moms that really got everyone talking.
The singing songstress (and Ruler of My Heart) gained 65 pounds during her pregnancy with daughter Blue Ivy and her self-titled visual album served as her very own coming out party after she shed the baby weight. Her fourth YouTube mini-documentary, " Liberation", reveals why the weight loss was so important for her — and for women in general.
She said, "I was very aware of the fact that I was showing my body. I was 195 pounds when I gave birth. I lost 65 pounds. I worked crazily to get my body back. I wanted to show my body. I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back. I know that there's so many women that feel the same thing after they give birth. You can have your child and you can still have fun and still be sexy and still have dreams and still live for yourself. I don't have any shame about being sexual. I'm not embarrassed about it, and I don't feel like I have to protect that side of me because I do believe that sexuality is a power we all have."
The quote aside, even the title ("Liberation") is enough to get you thinking about the mommy freedom that she is talking about. At the heart of Beyonce's album, beneath all the chart-topping hits and the catching lyrics is the idea (and her belief) that motherhood has made her better, wiser, stronger, smarter, sexier and most importantly, more herself. She talks about a freedom she found in herself that she didn't know was there before. A freedom that motherhood brought out of her.
And it's a damn good message for all moms to hear.
Did you feel like motherhood made you feel more comfortable in your own skin? More yourself?