Takeover

Beyoncé — in control of Vogue’s September cover — makes historic move

Beyonce Knowles performs at 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 14, 2018. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

After Beyoncé was given full creative control over the cover of Vogue’s upcoming September issue, the R&B queen selected a black 23-year-old photographer for the cover shoot — the first black photographer to shoot the magazine’s cover during its entire 126-year history. Vogue’s famous editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, is notorious for her exacting control over the publication’s cover — normally, cover models are allowed little to no say about what outfits are worn or even what photos are chosen for the cover. But a deal has been made to let Beyoncé takeover the cover for one month — in addition to giving the singer full control over the photos of herself in the magazine. According to two sources who spoke to HuffPost, Beyoncé even wrote all the captions for her photos herself in long-form.

But Beyoncé’s boldest decision was naming Tyler Mitchell, a young up-and-coming photographer who has previously shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, to handle the cover-photos. Speaking with The New York Times in December, Mitchell had said he specialized in handling photoshoots featuring people of color, explaining that he sought to capture them with “an honest gaze” and in a “real and pure way.”

Sources have said that Wintour would likely never have approved Mitchell’s selection as cover photographer given his young age and relative lack of experience. They added that the upcoming September Issue is likely to be Wintour’s last at the magazine, despite claims from Vogue parent company Condé Nast that the famous editor isn’t planning on leaving the publication.

Read the full story at HuffPost.

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