Listen up fashion fiends – rumours that Beyoncé is going to grace the cover of Vogue have been confirmed. It’s not the first time – she was featured on the cover in 2009, and then again in 2013 and 2015.
Obviously, if Queen Bey is involved, you know it’s going to be lit. So what makes this time different?
After weeks of speculation, American Vogue has unveiled its September issue cover star and it is, as rumored, Beyoncé. The cover photographer Tyler Mitchell is the first African American to shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine’s 125-year history.
The depiction of African and African American people in art and photography has a long, problematic history.
In an article published on the magazine’s website today, Mitchell said: “For so long, black people have been considered things.”
“We’ve been thingified physically, sexually, emotionally. With my work I’m looking to revitalize and elevate the black body.”
The results are beautiful. Take a look:
Mitchell also revealed what we all suspected about working with Bey:
The cover shoot took place just outside of London in the English countryside. On working with Beyoncé, Mitchell said, “You’d imagine someone as famous as Beyoncé to be protective of her image, but she was really an open book — and that’s exactly what you want as a photographer.”
The accompanying article delves into Beys life, body and heritage, and features more amazing photography from Mitchell:
Step in the right direction Vogue. Keep it up.
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