Several sources have confirmed that Beyoncé will grace the cover of Vogue’s upcoming September issue—and the Lemonade superstar will be bringing with her the magazine’s first-ever black photographer to shoot a cover story, reports The Huffington Post. Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief, has also never before given a cover star this kind of control over the magazine.
“The publication is contractually obligated to give Beyoncé full control over the cover,” Yashar Ali writes in the Huffington Post. Bey will choose her cover art and many of the photographs inside. Instead of a traditional interview, the artist will write her own long-form captions.
“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,” a source close to Vogue told HuffPost. The photographer, Tyler Mitchell, just graduated from NYU in 2017, but he’s not at all new to the industry. Mitchell has previously shot a cover story for The FADER and worked with Givenchy, Converse, and Marc Jacobs, The Cut reports. He also shot parts of Teen Vogue’s viral March For Our Lives cover story this past spring, and has amassed almost 85,000 followers on Instagram.
Mitchell was also featured in The New York Times' “Up Next” interview series. “I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” he said. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”
This news does raise the question of why it’s taken so long for Vogue, a magazine that’s been in print for 126 years, to hire a black photographer for their cover. But the upshot is, Beyoncé is making history again—and we can’t wait for September.
Top photo via YouTube / Beyoncé VEVO
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Lydia Wang is a New York-based writer, pug enthusiast, and BUST blog editor. You can find her on Twitter, and send all My So-Called Life fan theories to email@example.com.