Adorned in a floral Rebel Rebel headdress for the Sept. cover story of Vogue, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter uncovered some surprising parts of herself in the magazine’s accompanying as-told-to. As she revealed, an emergency C-section after her last pregnancy gave her two twin babies (Rumi and Sir), a “mommy pouch” and a “little FUPA.” And with that acronym (a.k.a. the so-called Fat Upper Pubic Area), the world fell a little more in love with Queen Bey. By “the world,” I mean me and my own C-section FUPA, a fluffy triangle of flesh snuggled beneath the curve of my incision scar. We stood up and cheered.
But Beyoncé’s body is not #goals or a mirror for women to hold against themselves. We forget, while pinning static images of her onto our Pinterest fitness boards, that she might also be comparing her former figure to her current, changing one. It was sobering to hear a woman whose beautiful body is so highly scrutinized point out that she herself feels the pressure of that scrutiny. Every month, it seems, someone speculates whether she is pregnant again. Sorry, folks—nothing to see here but a glorious FUPA.
Beyoncé casually introduced us to her FUPA, as if it's a companion she has sat with, settled into and loved.
The superstar casually introduced us to her FUPA, as if it's a companion she has sat with, settled into and loved. For countless others like her who have survived childbirth, or simply struggle with extra curves, those four letters turn foe into friend, turn a war against our own bodies into peace. But this reminder is more than just for women—she also thinks men should “appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies.” Be it a FUPA or a love handle, may we all find power in this jelly.