The world stopped — and retweeted — when Beyoncé kicked off Black History Month with the announcement that she is expecting twins. But do you know the symbolism behind the photos she posted on her website? Here’s a quick look at how the images intersect with Yoruba, a West African-derived form of spirituality.
The entire photo series carries this title, a reference to the fact that Beyoncé’s body currently has three hearts living inside it. Her website also includes a poem with this name — penned by Warsan Shire, the poet behind the words Bey speaks during “Lemonade.” In this section, she specifically references Osun (also called Oshun) and Yemoja (Yemayá), two Orishas, or divine goddesses.
For the past 10 years, Yusef has been dictating all of the beauty trends we emulate via his most famous client, none other than Rihanna. He started out his career as a performer, but he ended up behind the scenes. In Hairstory, he details his rise in the industry from aspiring singer to creative directing the hair for Fenty x Puma.