Beyoncé reveals becoming a mother changed her career goals: ”Being ‘number one’ was no longer my priority"

Melina Matsoukas

Melina MatsoukasAfter Beyoncé was shut out at the Emmy Awards this year following four nominations for her Homecoming concert film, her fans, the Beyhive, screamed she was robbed. But Queen Bey says because of the obstacles she endured becoming a mother, success is no longer defined by awards.

“I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift," she tells ELLE in the January cover story. “Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else. Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper."

"Being 'number one' was no longer my priority,” she declares. “My true win is creating art and a legacy that will live far beyond me.”

The 23-time Grammy winner is also CEO of her Parkwood Entertainment company.  Now as a wife and mother of three, her challenge is continuing to advance her art while making time for her family.

“Making sure I am present for my kids -- dropping Blue off at school, taking Rumi and Sir to their activities, making time for date nights with my husband, and being home in time to have dinner with my family -- all while running a company can be challenging," Beyoncé says. 

As a female entrepreneur, The Lion King star star is committed to promoting diversity in all of her work.

“I rarely felt represented in film, fashion, and other media. After having a child, I made it my mission to use my art to show the style, elegance, and attraction in men and women of color," Beyoncé says. “Diversity and inclusion go beyond race."

ELLE’s January 2020 issue with Beyoncé on the cover hits newsstands on December 17.

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