Beyoncé Basically Put On The Editor-In-Chief Hat For Vogue's Upcoming September Issue
Queen B’s power knows no limits.
Beyoncé—the queen of all things fierce, be it in music, dance or fashion—has been given full creative control by US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour on the execution of the cover of this year’s Vogue September issue.
Anna Wintour has been an icon for her authority and control over the magazine, especially over its widely celebrated and massive annual fashion issue: the September issue. She is known for curating every little aspect of the unsurpassed fashion magazine.
For the upcoming issue, Beyoncé will decide which of her photos will appear on the cover and its pages. The "Crazy In Love" singer hired 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, who will be the first black photographer to do Vogue’s cover in its 126 years of history.
Wintour typically works with fashion designers who have more traditional experience, and would likely not have selected Mitchell for a cover shoot, a source familiar with Vogue’s typical editorial process told Huffington Post.
“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," the source said.
Mitchell, who has already made a name for himself in the fashion world when he shot campaigns for Givenchy and Marc Jacobs, told the New York Times in December last year: “I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way. There is an honest gaze to my photos.”
The iconic fashion bible is reportedly contractually obligated to give Beyoncé full control over the cover and photos inside the magazine, as well as her captions, which apparently were written by the diva herself in long forms, according to sources familiar with the agreement.
It has been widely reported that the said issue will be Wintour’s last September issue, as she apparently prepares a soft exit after its release. However, Vogue's mother company Conde Nast repeatedly said that the editor is not leaving her post, vehemently denying all the rumors.
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Beyoncé’s last September issue with Vogue was in 2015, and was shot by Mario Testino. She was not given full control over the cover like this upcoming issue, but she still made headlines for not granting Vogue a sit-down interview. It was the first time a non-model cover subject did not give a one-on-one interview in the history of Vogue’s all-important September issue.
Beyoncé will not give a sit-down interview in the September 2018 issue as well.
Photos from @beyonce