Beyoncé Knowles wears Givenchy to cover the upcoming Power Issue of Vogue magazine, which will be out on newsstands in the US on Feb. 19 and is available now digitally. The March 2013 edition marks the second time Beyoncé's fronted the publication. Inside, she spoke about giving birth to her daughter, Blue Carter, in January 2012, and her and husband Jay-Z's hopes for Blue's normal childhood. Beyoncé also spoke about expanding her family, and getting back to work following Blue's arrival. Here are highlights from Beyoncé Knowles in Vogue:
- On becoming a mom: "I felt very maternal around eight months. And I thought I couldn't become any more until I saw the baby. . . . But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door. And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn't think about my own pain. . . . We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication. . . . My family and my closest people were there when I gave birth. Everything that scared me just was not present in that room. So for me to really let go and really appreciate every contraction . . . it was the best day of my life."
- On having more kids: "When I was younger, there were moments where I said, 'I'm not going to have children.' And then moments when I wanted four. And now I definitely want another, but I don't know when."
- On giving Blue a normal childhood: "At some point it's very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers and have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do. . . . School visits and lemonade stands and all that stuff. It's very important for me."