If you’re still scrambling for a last-minute holiday gift, your best options at this point are probably a regifted candle, an emailed gift certificate, or, if you’re Beyoncé, rare photos of your elusive twin babies. Bey generously doled out exactly two photos of Sir and Rumi Carter via her website on Thursday, sending the Beyhive abuzz and earning her more gift-giving cred than Santa Claus himself.
The snapshots were buried among dozens others in an album simply titled “12.9.18 PT. 2,” containing photos from her recent trip to India, where she performed at the star-studded wedding of heiress Isha Ambani. In one of the photos, the 18-month-old twins sit side by side on a beach, their backs to the camera, facing a dwindling sunset. Both Sir and Rumi, who are sitting in the shallow edge of the water, wear all-white outfits, and Rumi appears to have her hair styled in two tiny pigtails on either side of her head.
The other photo shows Beyoncé holding Rumi in her arms and smiling up at her younger daughter. Rumi wears a patterned white and tan dress, with yellow bows in her hair, and plays with a shiny purple toy, while her mom sports an intricately floral-patterned dress and wears her hip-length hair down and loose.
The last time Beyoncé shared photos of her twins was in July, when she once again took to her website to unload an extensive batch of photos from a vacation. That time, the Knowles-Carters had taken a lavish trip to Italy while traveling through Europe on their On the Run II world tour, and Beyoncé shared photos of her and husband Jay-Z with their twins on a luxurious yacht, and another of her and six-year-old Blue Ivy in coordinating pink dresses.
Before that, the only other glimpse Bey and Jay have given of their two youngest children came in July 2017, when Beyoncé released that instantly iconic Madonna and child-esque photo of her and the twins on their one-month birthday. In August, however, Beyoncé could be seen cuddling with her three kids in a behind-the-scenes video from her Vogue cover shoot; in the accompanying essay, Bey wrote about her hopes for her children’s futures.
“As the mother of two girls, it’s important to me that they see themselves, too—in books, films, and on runways. It’s important to me that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives—that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling,” she wrote. “I hope to teach my son not to fall victim to what the internet says he should be or how he should love. I want to create better representations for him so he is allowed to reach his full potential as a man, and to teach him that the real magic he possesses in the world is the power to affirm his own existence.”
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Honestly you guys? Busy Philipps is just a cool mom, and that’s a fact. Plus, she’s leaning so hard into her “mom who shares everything on social media” brand that she’s now hosting her own talk show.
Ms. Tina, the mother of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, has over a million followers and loves to take glam selfies. Her daughters, however, find her account a little embarrassing. But we love it.
Jennifer Garner raises chickens, plays the saxophone, shares recipes of the meals she makes for her three kids, and narrates videos of ballerinas dancing on her Instagram, and if that’s not living your best life then what is?
Nancy Meyers, lover of turtlenecks and expensive kitchens, named The Parent Trap‘s dynamic duo played by Lindsay Lohan after her real-life daughters Hallie and Annie. Meyers also served as a producer on Hallie’s directorial debut, Home Again. That’s motherly love.
Kate Beckinsale gets straight up wacky on social media, but it doesn’t embarrass her daughter, Lily Sheen, too much.
Goldie Hawn, mother of Kate Hudson, Wyatt Russell, Oliver Hudson; and Melanie Griffith, mother of Dakota Johnson, Stella Banderas, and Alexander Bauer, are two of the most badass moms in Hollywood.
Kris Jenner, mother of Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, boasts over 17 million followers and is perhaps the most successful “momager” of all time.
Kathy Hilton, the mother of Paris and Nicky Hilton, has almost 200,000 followers and says that it was Kris Jenner who taught her how to take a selfie.
Maye Musk, the mother of tech billionaire Elon Musk, has 10 grandchildren and is also a model signed to IMG management.
The former model Yolanda Hadid helps manage the successful careers of her model children, Gigi, Bella, and now Anwar Hadid.
Pattie Mallette, the mother of Justin Bieber, took this photo last Mother’s Day. The two don’t have much of a relationship, but she still has over a million followers by association.
The artist Laurie Simmons is the mother of Lena and Grace Dunham. Here, she poses with Lena and Gloria Steinem.
Tish Cyrus is the mother of Miley, Noah, Braison, Brandi, and Trace Cyrus. She’s a film producer, but her current full-time job is being her kids’ BFF.
Sharon Osbourne, the mother of Kelly, Jack, and Aimee Osbourne, is currently one of five co-hosts of the daytime series “The Talk.”