Queen Bey has extended her reign to the cover of Vogue.
According to HuffPost, Beyoncé has been given ” unprecedented control over the cover of the upcoming September issue, sources say, and the music icon hired the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication’s 126-year history. ”
With Anna Wintour giving the multi-hyphenate full control over not only the cover, but also the photos on the inside of her and their captions — something HuffPost says the publication is “contractually obligated” to do — the move is unprecedented in terms of the breadth and depth of the control relinquished.
HuffPost says a source reports that typically, “cover subjects are usually given little to no say in their photos and are sent the cover in the week ahead of publication.” Beyoncé, however, has had control of much of the process, says HuffPost, right down to writing photo captions, which are in “long-form” — and of course, selecting her own photographer.
Tasked with snapping the perfect shot of the singer is 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell, who HuffPost says has already made a name for himself by photographing fashion campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy.
While sources speculate that Mitchell was chosen as a direct result of Beyoncé’s “power and influence,” HuffPosts says the quality of Mitchell’s work may speak for itself.
“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” he told The New York Times in December. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”
No matter the reason for his selection, we’re sure of one thing: this cover is going to be loved lights out.