Did you spot the significant details in Beyoncé's first photo of the twins?

Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde

Unless you’ve been living under a huge, celebrity-shaped rock, you’ll know that on Friday Beyoncé decided to share a picture of her newborn twins on Instagram. Speculation was mounting about when Bey and Jay-Z were going to announce that they’d welcomed their bundles of joy after Beyoncé’s dad dropped a less-than-subtle tweet about his grandkids’ birth back in June.

So when she decided to share their first picture, and officially confirm their names are Sir Carter and Rumi, the Beyhive went into overdrive and the post, which has only been up for three days, has already garnered almost 10 million likes.

But in all our excitement to glimpse at the world’s most famous celebrity baby twins (sorry, Alexander and Ella Clooney) we initially missed the significant details intricately weaved into Bey and Jay-Z’s announcement.

Why did they choose to name the latest members of the Knowles-Carter clan Sir and Rumi? Does the way she’s standing mean something? How comes that flowery backdrop is making a comeback? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Luckily, we’re here to pick it all apart and guide you through the whole thing.

What does Beyoncé’s pose mean?

In the latest picture, Queen Bey is crowned by flowers and wears a veil, and the most obvious connection is a religious one – if you consider how she is tilting her head, and effortlessly holding the two babies, it’s not dissimilar from how the Virgin Mary is depicted in paintings and sculptures. Considering that in her pregnancy announcement picture she was also surrounded by flowers and veiled, it has been suggested that this long-standing motif is Bey’s way to challenge the idea of whiteness and purity.

Katie Edwards, the director of SIIBS at the University of Sheffield, wrote: ‘Beyoncé’s re-appropriation of Virgin Mary iconography offers a biting critique of this supreme exemplar of feminine whiteness and the ideology that constructs and perpetuates it.

‘At a moment when white supremacy is echoed in the “America first” slogan of President Trump, Beyoncé simultaneously dislodges “white” from its central place in religious iconography and Trump from his recent monopoly of press headlines.’

Furthermore, the fact that Bey and her billowing outfit appears to form a pyramid shape could be seen as a nod to herself as a giver of life, matriarch and the subject – another common composition in classic religious paintings.

Once again, her outfit consists of a merging of blues and pinks – as with her announcement photo – which has generally been construed as a nod to the twins’ sexes.

While the pregnancy announcement photo also shows Bey at a floral alter, it’s against a the blue sky backdrop. In the arrival photo, she is actually on location with real blue skies and – more importantly – water, the biblical symbol for cleansing and a simile for the knowledge of God. The element is also regarded as a symbol for life, love and change.

So there you have it – Bey’s picture was so much more than just another baby arrival announcement, and it was definitely not slapdash.

Proof, once again, that she is Queen.

      

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Drake's Ex Maliah Michel Says He Tried To Make Her Stop Stripping

One of Drake's exes has spilled some major tea about what the rapper is supposedly really like.

Bossip reports that during Drake's annual Houston Appreciation Weekend, he honored a few of his favorite dancers by escorting them to the party and gifting them with Louboutins and heaps of cash. The rapper even made jerseys for the women and "retired" them by hanging them up during the party.

Paid dues.

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Dancers Lira Galore and Miracle Watts accepted Drizzy's invitation, but the third woman honored, Maliah Michel, opted not to attend the party, and responded to Drake's actions on Instagram, writing, "Contrary to 'social media news' no man can retire me. I'm shaking this a** into a wheel chair. Maliah will retire Maliah."

She wasn't finished there, though. She had a lot to say about how Drake treated her in the past (without actually mentioning him by name), saying that he often tried to make her quit dancing and that he was "mean and hurtful" towards her.

"Y'all don't know that n*gga been trying to make me stop dancing. Always putting me down about it. Always telling me I'm not better than anyone else in the club selling a** instead of dancing. But n*gga can't stay out the club," she wrote on Twitter yesterday. "Y'all just don't know. My only regret is ever trying to explain how much I love dancing. And thinking so highly of him. That I let his opinion of me mold my opinion of myself. F*ck that and f*ck you if you got a problem."

"I remember pleading with him to understand. I said Beyonce wears the same kind of stuff I wear," she continued. "This n*gga got mad and told me not to compare myself to Beyonce. B*tch wha?! Don't you ever tell me not to compare myself to Beyonce! I'm a woman that's what we do!!"

"No matter how light I tried to make things. Just always mean and hurtful. But whatever I'm done," she concluded.

It is pretty ironic that a man who loves strippers as much as Drake does and dates them as often as he does would be so judgmental about stripping.

You can check out Maliah's tweets below.

Y'all don't know that nigga been trying to make me stop dancing. Always putting me down about it.

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Always telling me I'm not better than anyone else in the club selling ass instead of dancing. But nigga can't stay out the club

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Y'all just don't know. My only regret is ever trying to explain how much I love dancing. And thinking so highly of him

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

That I let his opinion of me mold my opinion of myself. Fuck that and fuck you if you got a problem

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

I remember pleading with him to understand. I said Beyoncé wears the same kind of stuff I wear

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

This nigga got mad and told me not to compare myself to Beyoncé

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

Bitch wha?! Don't you ever tell me not to compare myself to Beyoncé! I'm a woman that's what we do!!

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

No matter how light I tried to make things. Just always mean and hurtful. But whatever I'm done

— Maliah Michel (@IAmMaliahMichel) July 24, 2017

[Photo: Instagram, Getty Images]

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