Jay-Z and Beyoncé Release Photos of Baby Blue Ivy

The proud parents shared photos and a short message with their fans.  

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Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Carter (helloblueivycarter.tumblr.com)

The wait is over. Proud parents Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Beyoncé Knowles released pictures of their newborn daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.

Accompanying the photos was a short but sweet message to their fans: "We welcome you to share in our joy. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives. The Carter Family."

It's not surprising that Jay and Bey took an alternative route -- via a Tumblr page -- to introduce bundle Blue to the world. It's surprising that the über-private couple is already sharing such intimate pictures of their child. But the world has been patiently waiting for images of this year's most famous newborn, and despite speculation and discussion about what -- or who -- she would look like, the verdict is in: Blue Ivy Carter is beautiful!

Congrats again to the Carter family!

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