“Sir Carter and Rumi, one month today,” Beyoncé captioned the now-viral image with 8.4 million likes on Friday morning. In the photo, Beyonce wears a floral dress with a blue veil and is standing in front of an altar adorned with roses.
A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jul 13, 2017 at 10:10pm PDT
The superstar also posted two more photos of herself wearing a white, low-cut top and a light pink miniskirt, this time posing with husband Jay-Z.
The reaction on Twitter ranged from shock and envy to disdain.
Watch the next picture Beyoncé post is gonna be her with all her baby weight gone and body snatched. She irritating
— Kennie G (@Mascotmy_tweets) July 12, 2017
Wish my body could bounce back after I eat a huge meal like how Beyoncé body bounce back after she had twins
— Maya A. (@MAlibudbud) July 14, 2017
Beyoncè gave birth to twins exactly a month ago and already has a better body than me
— Harry (@hxrryb_) July 14, 2017
I can’t believe Beyonce’s post-babies body is better than I will ever look, I came out to have a good time and I feel so attacked right now
— Lexie Rinaldi (@LEXual_Tension) July 14, 2017
One woman, ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo, even vented her frustration with Bey’s “deceptive” figure on Facebook, writing in part, “You all know how much I love Beyoncé. But I found that photo with her twins to be really disappointing. NO ONE looks like that a month after having a baby, let alone TWO, in their mid-30s no less. Totally flat tummy…not a wrinkle or sag or stretch mark in sight. Those images are so damaging to regular women who have a baby and think, ‘what’s wrong with me?'”
Schiavocampo further clarified her self-described problem, writing, “Unless she’s a genetic outlier, she’s going to great lengths to deceive us about what her body looks like ONE MONTH after giving birth. It creates the expectation that you are supposed to ‘snap back’ effortlessly in just weeks. Why not wait three months…or six? Or post a picture not in your underwear?”
As a celebrity, high-energy performer, and a person who says she is not “naturally very thin,” Beyoncé follows a strict exercise and nutrition regimen. After the birth of 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, she told an Atlantic City concert crowd, “Y’all have no idea how hard I worked! I had to lose 60 pounds. They had me on that treadmill. I ate lettuce!” She’s also dabbled in veganism, she avoids crash diets, and she balances healthy meals with pizza and In-N-Out burger splurges. Sounds normal, right?
And since Beyoncé has the time and resources to stage a photo shoot that the world is waiting on, it’s a safe bet that she’s going to look her best.
Whether or not Beyoncé has actually lost weight is unclear, since her entire body is draped in fabric. But that’s beside the point, says Jonathan Alpert, a Manhattan-based psychotherapist and author of Be Fearless.
“While celebrities are subject to scrutiny regarding any area of their lives, one can only create an expectation for a famous person if they’re searching for it,” Alpert tells Yahoo Beauty. “It’s no one’s place to offer commentary on a woman’s body, and it’s not Beyoncé’s responsibility to make sure everyone is at peace with her body.”
He adds, “All I see in this photo is a proud new mother holding her babies.”
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