The Internet Can't Stop Analyzing Beyoncé and Her Post-Baby Body

On Friday, Beyoncé blessed the world with a first-ever public glimpse of her twins. And while the photo focuses on Sir and Rumi Carter, it also marks the official debut of Queen Bey’s post-baby body.

Shortly after the twins made their Instagram debut, an anonymous source told People that Queen Bey has yet to resume her intense fitness routine. “Beyoncé hasn’t started to work out yet,” the source said. “She is all about recovering.” But considering the singer’s toned physique just a month after giving birth, it goes without saying that the Internet began to freak out.

Me tryna figure out how Beyonce done had a whole baby and got her summer body back before me

— #GirlsTrip (@girlstripmovie) July 14, 2017

Beyoncé’s stomach is already flat. Help me God

— Bukky (@ickyvicky____) July 14, 2017

Beyonce really got her body together in ONE month.

— kay (@beyoncehatesme) July 14, 2017

Several other people mirrored these sentiments and found themselves feeling “jealous” of Bey’s practically flawless post-baby physique. Some, on the other hand, felt that perpetuating the idea that all women should look like Beyoncé after giving birth simply isn’t acceptable.

ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo spoke out about the problem with the photo, in her opinion. “You all know how much I love Beyonce,” she said in a Facebook post. “But 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?”

And while we totally agree that it can set unrealistic body expectations for women one-month post-baby, Beyoncé (and every other woman) should have the right to celebrate a body she’s proud of—whether it’s trim and toned or laden with stretch marks and loose skin. So let’s stop obsessing over and comparing women’s unique bodies post-baby—celeb or not. (Blake Lively, Chrissy Teigen, and Kristen Bell are just a few celebs to speak out about how a woman’s body is nobody’s business but her own.)

At the end of the day, Bey’s body literally created two humans—let’s focus on that rather than fixating on how it looks.


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Vintage T-shirts have become a somewhat ubiquitous styling tool. Once an exciting flea market find, old concert and sports team tees are now everywhere, from the fakes at fast fashion outposts to the pricey kind hung on vintage-specific racks lining the specialty stores. While there are certainly still plenty of throwback tees to discover, fashion types may be feeling a bit of fatigue when it comes to the category. Designer “Best” Patipat Chaipukdee is hoping to combat that with his Bangkok-based label Dry Clean Only. He travels between Asia and the U.S. hunting for old T-shirts, most of which were made in the '80s and include wildlife motifs, Nike and Adidas logos, and the names of various sports teams. He mashes these together and gives them new silhouettes, decorates them with Italian lace and fur, and fashions them with hand-beaded embroideries from India.

Chaipukdee started his label in 2010 after leaving fashion school a couple of years ahead of his graduation date. He had little to no financial backing, and thus, had to get crafty with found and deadstock fabric and materials. This, however, gave his designs character. As he explains, “I want something that is unique, but I don't want to make clothes the way other people do, by buying proper fabrics and making patterns—it's about using mass-produced or forgotten materials to create one-of-a-kind fashion.” After several years of building up his business, the designer was picked up by an impressive lineup of international stores including Colette in Paris and Crayon in Tokyo, and last year, Beyoncé was spotted wearing one of his creations to a show at Madison Square Garden.

Now, Chaipukdee is moving away from his signature tops and working on a collection of dresses, with more clothing categories to follow. Can you own an entire wardrobe made from dusty old vintage tees? Thanks to Dry Clean Only, it's a very cool possibility.

Above, a look at the brand's Fall 2017 collection.

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