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All Hail Queen Beyoncé For Declaring Love For Her FUPA In Vogue And Giving Us All The Green Light To Embrace Our Bodies And Learn What FUPA Means

She's sent the internet into overdrive with her tell-all essay in Vogue's September Issue. Classic Yoncé.

Another day another million and one reasons to praise Beyoncé for gifting us with the honour of her mere existence. This week it’s Yoncé’s already legendary Vogue cover shoot and feature story for the magazine’s prestigious September Issue that has everyone going wild.

Particularly, Beyoncé talking lovingly about her FUPA! In the pages of Vogue! What a time to be alive!

FUPA is everyone’s new favourite buzzword and it’s mandatory that we are all well and truly across it. That’s like, the rules of feminism.

FUPA stands for Fat Upper Pubic Area (or Upper Pussy/Penis Area). Basically, it’s your gut, and it’s great.

Instead of a cover interview, Beyoncé wrote her own personal essay to feature in Vogue that divulges intimate details about her dangerous pregnancy complications that forced her to have an emergency C-Section, her relationship with Jay-Z, her blackness and her body.

It’s an incredible feature that you need to read. Please.

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are fuller,” Bey shares in reference to her post-pregnancy body. “I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”

Trust Beyoncé to not only have her cover be shot by a black photographer (Tyler Mitchell) for the first time in Vogue’s 126-year history, but to also back it up with all of this. She’s truly out-Beyoncé’d herself.

Rarely are terms used to describe our fat imbued with even the faintest hint of positivity, but FUPA is officially a term full of love and gentle body acceptance.

So let’s all be grateful that we exist at the same time as Beyoncé because it is truly a privilege. And let’s all take a note out of Bey’s book and be kind to ourselves and our bodies.

FUPA’s forever.

Beyoncé Takes Record Control Over Vogue's September Issue And Commissions A Black Photographer For Her Cover Shoot Because Somehow That’s Still Never Happened

The magazine has been around for 126 years.

Everyone is going wild for Beyoncé’s latest power move because no matter how much of a boss she already is, Queen Bey always manages to up her game and amaze us all.

According to HuffPost, Beyoncé is taking on a groundbreaking level of control over her cover shoot in the upcoming September Issue of Vogue.

It’s typically the year’s most anticipated issue and it’s rumoured to be Anna Wintour’s last as Editor-in-Chief. And for the first time in history, the cover will reportedly be shot by a black photographer – thanks to Beyoncé.

It makes total sense that this unprecedented honour would go to Beyoncé. She’s a powerful creative force and diligent about having control over her own public image and narrative.

It’s also very like Beyoncé to both outdo Vogue and use her power to platform black artists by enlisting the 23-year-old photographer, Tyler Mitchell, for her cover shoot.

It will be the first time the cover has been shot by a black photographer in Vogue’s 126 years of existence, which is both exciting and upsetting because that is ground that should have been broken a long, long time ago.

Apparently Yoncé will have total control over her photos that appear both inside and on the cover of the magazine. She’ll also take care of her own captions, which she will reportedly write in long-form.

So while she won’t be doing an interview, this is well and truly the Beyoncé show. And the Beyoncé show is always important.

So cheers to Beyoncé for consistently being the change the world needs. Who run the world? (Bey).

Cricket Australia Sacks Woman Allegedly For Tweets About Abortion Rights, But Cheating At A Test Match Is Forgivable Don't Worry

Angela Williamson was dismissed from her job at Cricket Australia, and she says it's due to her criticism of the Tasmanian government over a lack of abortion access.

Cricket Australia is in hot water after their former employee Angela Williamson made public claims that the organisation unjustly fired her for campaigning for abortion reform in Tasmania on her personal social media.

The sport’s governing body is now facing a legal battle that includes the claims that a senior member of the Tasmanian government disclosed Williamson’s own pregnancy termination to Cricket Tasmania.

So her fight for abortion rights has now been escalated to a broader fight for women’s rights, human rights, rights to privacy, freedom of speech – you name it, it’s in there.

Williamson came forward in a report by Samantha Maiden for the Sydney Morning Herald, in which she discusses the aftermath of her tweets that accused the government of being “gutless” for failing to ensure women have access to reproductive health services.

“I was told the tweet had damaged my relationship with government.” Williamson says.

Williamson also discloses on the record that she was among the first forced to travel interstate in order to access abortion, after Tasmania’s only abortion provider was closed.

She has now engaged legal representation for her case against Cricket Australia for unfair dismissal from her role as manager of public policy and government relations.

Interestingly, Cricket Australia has previously positioned itself as a women-friendly workplace, with it’s CEO James Sutherland even listed as “Male Champion of Change”. Their profile on the Work 180 directory for employers with acceptable rights and treatment of women has now been removed.

Last time major controversy hit Cricket Australia, it was when Steve Smith was caught ball tampering during a test match. It’s important to note that that was met with empathy and forgiveness, and CA defended Smith’s mistake.

But speaking out about abortion reform is not a mistake, nor something that requires forgiveness, and it definitely doesn’t warrant dismissal.

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