It is not uncommon for celebrities to face the wrath of haters, criticizers, and skeptics when posting on social media. It is also not uncommon for new moms to face criticism for their postpartum body. Both situations are unfortunate, and both situations seem to be the case for Beyoncé, who recently shared a new photo with her twins, Sir Carter and Rumi. Shortly after sharing the photo, people became convinced that Beyonce's belly button looks misplaced in her new Instagram photo with the twins, and really, it's just not cool.
No postpartum body looks the same as it did, which is important for fans to remember while critiquing Beyoncé's newest photo. After almost two months of not posting on Instagram, Beyoncé broke her silence with a stunning photo of herself holding her twins, Rumi and Sir Carter. She is wrapped in a beautiful purple and blue cape, and wearing a blue veil, while her twins rest in her arms. She is also wearing what appears to be blue underwear, which allows her legs and her stomach, for the most part, to be exposed. The latter is causing many social media users to notice Bey's belly button, and some are jumping to a rather quick judgement regarding it.
First of all, it really isn't anyone's business to critique Beyoncé's body. That's really where the conversation begins and ends. Just as no one wants their own body to be that of public conversation, we should give the same respect to others, no matter what spotlight they may fall in.
It is also important to remember that a woman's postpartum body is so incredibly personal to her. Many women who carry children work hard to become well-acquainted with their new body post-baby. While it is never anything to be ashamed of, we live in a world where the constant reminder to "fight a stigma" by showing off your body. Here, Beyoncé is doing that. But, by doing that, she now has to face criticism and skepticism from many fans. It's a double-edged sword that really isn't fair to fight with.
So, before we go and judge someone's body, let's consider the ramifications. This is someone who may have the access and privilege that a lot of new mothers (or people, in general) don't have, but she is still a human, who we should treat (OK, maybe worship) the same way we would a friend. Yes, in this perfect world, Beyoncé is our friend.