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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Beyonce: Why I Waited to Get Pregnant

First-time mom-to-be Beyonce tells the
November issue of Harper's Bazaar that her
expanding belly keeps on inspiring her --
and the world-famous diva, 30, has no
intention of covering up in mumus!

"All I see now are clothes that are flattering
on a pregnant woman," the House of
Dereon co-founder (along with mom Tina
Knowles) tells the magazine. "It's been so
exciting for me! I love figuring out designs
that still make me feel edgy and sexy while

Her lessons so far: "Flowy fabrics are
always flattering..but I still rock my

Long the subject of pregnancy speculation,
the "Countdown" singer, due in February,
explains that she intentionally waited to get
pregnant. "It was important to me that I
gave myself time to focus on becoming the
woman I want to be, building my empire,
my relationship, and my self-worth, before
I became a mother," the star says. "Now
God has blessed us with the ultimate."
Accordingly, the moment she decided to
announce the pregnancy -- on the red
carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in
late August -- was also painstakingly
planned."I put a lot of thought into how I
wanted to unveil it. It was important to me
that I was able to do it myself," she says of
rubbing her bump on the red carpet in an
orange Lanvin gown. "I was extremely
nervous. It was the toughest red carpet I
ever did... I decided to say nothing and
proudly show my baby bump. I felt it was
more powerful to see the love and
enthusiasm as opposed to saying

The father, of course, is her husband of
three years, Jay-Z.

"We have been together since I was 20
years old," explains the star, who has been
famously tight-lipped about their romance.

"We took our time and developed an
unbreakable friendship before we got
And she and the hip-hop mogul (real name:
Shawn Carter) were accordingly careful
before conceiving their first child.

"We focused three years on our marriage
and found that it brought us an even
stronger bond and connection. But like
anything great and successful in your life,
marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It
has to be something both you and your
husband deeply want," she explains.
"The best thing about marriage is the
amount of growth you have because you
can no longer hide from your fears and
insecurities. There's someone right there
calling you out on your flaws and building
you up when you need the support. If you
are with the right person, it brings out the
best version of you."

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