Is Beyonce’s ‘Sexy’ Image Changing The Perception of Motherhood?

Posted on: Thursday Feb 6th, 2014 | by mrgerrenalist | Posted in: Life + Culture | Tags: , , , , , | Comments 0

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We all can agree that Beyonce is one hot mama.

Long before giving birth to her daughter Blue Ivy, the once self-described “bootylicious” singer was often, and still is, touted as the sexiest woman on the planet. Now, as the mother of a two-year-old, Beyonce has easily become not just one of the most beautiful women in the world, but the world’s most sexiest mom.

One scroll through the superstar’s Instagram page – or a simple Google search – and you’re likely to find many snapshots of her with her daughter, often dolled up in a pair of short-shorts and high-inch heels, something she did even while pregnant. Without a doubt, Beyonce makes motherhood and glamorous look easy. In fact, it appears the singer has made a conscious and deliberate effort in projecting a “sexy mom” image to the public, and let’s face it, nothing Beyonce does is by happenstance.

Unlike everyday, non-celebrity moms, who often succumb to the pressures of balancing motherhood and their work life, and therefore sometimes lose their sense of attractiveness, Beyonce’s sex appeal – whether on stage or not – has not changed since becoming a mom. Many TV segments and articles often explore the phenomenon of new moms feeling less beautiful or ditching their sexy outfits, or even not having as much sex with their husbands because of either weight gain or the inability to keep themselves up, so to speak. Career aside, Beyonce is almost never caught in a pair of sweatpants and Crocs when she’s out with her daughter – and maybe that’s not by coincidence.

More instrospectively, Bey’s deviation from the “soccer mom” look could change the way moms look and feel about themselves.

Much like her much-talked-about feminist stance on her latest musical project, it appears that Mrs. Carter is taking a militant and defiant stance against normative perceptions of what it means to be and look like a mom.

“Just because you become a mother, it doesn’t mean you lose who you are,” Beyonce said in a webisode on the making of her latest self-titled album. “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 [it],” she said on the filming of her music videos.

“I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back…you can have your child and still be sexy.”

Of course, not every mom has the luxuries that are afforded when you’re a multi-million dollar megastar like Beyonce, such as a full-time nanny, trainer and nutritionist. But being “sexy” is not a monolithic concept. Women can feel sexy in whatever they’re comfortable in. But for the moms who do choose to rock their pumps and mini skirts while pushing their strollers at the same time, they now have a motherly muse in Beyonce.

What do you think? Will we see more moms bringing their sexy back as a result of Queen Bey’s visible embracement of her sexuality?

This commentary was originally written for CentricTV.com.

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