Beyoncé is using her power and influence for her upcoming cover shoot with Vogue magazine.
If you haven’t heard, Beyoncé will be featured on the cover of the fashion publication’s upcoming September issue. It’s been 3 years since Queen Bey has graced the cover of Vogue. However, what distinguishes this cover from her 2015 issue is being granted unprecedented control over the cover of the upcoming September issue by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. It has also been said that Beyoncé has hired the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication’s 126-year history.
Beyoncé Covers Vogue Sept. 2015
Under this agreement, the publication is contractually obligated to give Beyoncé full control over the cover, the photos of her inside the magazine, and the captions, according to Huffington Post. In the past, Anna Wintour has always had complete control over the shoot, including selecting the outfits worn by cover models.
Wintour would often work with photographer Mario Testino, who has not worked for Vogue since being publicly accused of sexual misconduct in a New York Times report published in January. However, Beyoncé has chosen to work with 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, who has shot previous campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.
“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” says Tyler. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”
It’s amazing that not only is Beyoncé providing such a major opportunity to a photographer of color, but also someone as young as Tyler. That’s huge!
Beyoncé is also not granting Vogue a sit-down interview for the September 2018 issue.