Beyoncé's Vogue September issue will make history as the magazine’s first cover ever shot by a black photographer
But all that’s about to change thanks to Beyoncé.
So a few days ago, Page Six broke the news that Beyonce would be featured on Vogue’s coveted September issue. Now HuffPost is reporting that editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour is giving Bey unprecedented control over the cover.
Bey has reportedly hired 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell as the first black photographer to EVER shoot a cover for Vogue in its 126-year history. Because Bey is a queen and everything she does is magic and revolutionary.
According to sources, Queen Bey will be given full reign (see what I did there?) over the issue’s cover and photos and captions inside which “she has written herself and are in long-form,” according to HuffPost.
This is all mere speculation since neither Vogue or Beyonce has confirmed it, but we all know these things don’t just leak. Also this would be a big decision since Anna Wintour usually has full control over all issues and subjects are often given very little say in what happens regarding their cover shoots.
Page Six says rumours have been going around that the September issue might be the last one under Anna Wintour, but Condé Nast says that there is “zero truth” to the rumour that she will step down after 30 years with the magazine.
This is also not the first time Bey will be on the Vogue cover. The Formation singer last appeared on the September 2015 issue cover and was photographed by Mario Testino. She was also their cover star in 2009 and 2013.
About the photographer: Tyler Mitchell has shot campaigns before for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy and has now been chosen by Beyoncé to photograph her. A source told HuffPost: “The reason a 23-year-old black photographer is photographing Beyoncé for the cover of Vogue is because Beyoncé used her power and influence to get him that assignment.”
In a New York Times interview in December 2017, Tyler said this of his work: “I depict black people and people of colour in a really real and pure way. There is an honest gaze to my photos.”
We can’t wait to see the issue once it’s released, which should be soon since it’s just a few weeks until September.
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