First the $6,000 couples shopping spree on gold-plated sex toys at Babeland, now, this behind-the-scenes interview where she calmly tells the camera, “I don’t at all have any shame about being sexual”? Not that she couldn’t be called “sex positive” before or anything, but for Bey, this is pretty forward (in a good way).
In a behind-the-scenes installment from the making of her new album, Beyonce explains:
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’m still finding my sensuality, getting back into my body, being proud of growing up. It was important that I expressed that in this music because I know there are 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 at all have any shame about being sexual and 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 that we all have.
Nothing we haven’t really heard in different forms before, but always bears repeating, and probably good to have coming from someone who won’t be savaged in the press for saying it (see: Miley Cyrus). The full clip is below, and also includes a nice little anecdote about the time she took Jay-Z to a strip club.
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