A fresh-faced Beyoncé delivered a stripped down and honest cover story for Vogue’s September issue.

Her natural makeup coupled with soft lighting and flower-filled headpieces perfectly matched the tone of her interview. In the vulnerable story presented in her own words, queen Bey opened up about her struggle with body image after having kids and putting on weight.

“I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies” she explained when delving into the shoot’s stylistic choices.

Check out Beyoncé in Her Own Words: Her Life, Her Body, Her Heritage here