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.
Earlier this week, Robbie Myers vacated ELLE‘s editor-in-chief position, and Nina García stepped up to fill the role. Now, yet another glossy is left without a captain at the helm of the masthead.
According to Fashionista, Cindi Leive announced on Thursday, Sept. 14 that she is also stepping down from her post as EIC at Glamour, a position she held for 16 years. Leive announced the decision to depart the magazine in an exclusive interview with The New York Times, says Fashionista, though she did not offer any hints on what her next move might be.
While Myers and Leive their posts at their respective magazines this week, Fashionista reports that Leive was only one of four EICs to resign this week, following Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair and Nancy Gibbs of TIME.
Wishing Leive the best of luck in whatever she does next. To read her entire interview, click here.
For a digital platform to take on a print form in our web-based era is almost unheard of, but Goop is set to go to print, thanks to a new partnership with Condé Nast.
According to Variety, Gwyneth Paltrow’s ” female-focused digital lifestyle brand” has “teamed up with Condé Nast in a partnership anchored around a print magazine that will encompass content on digital and social media.”
The magazine will be released quarterly starting in September, reports WWD, and will feature both print content from Goop as well as creative and design input from Condé Nast. Centering on themes of health and wellness, WWD says that the concept for a print-version of Goop came to life following a conversation between Paltrow (Goop’s founder and CEO) and Editor in Chief of Vogue and Condé Nast artistic director Anna Wintour.
Variety says the quarterly glossies will be branded as “premium, collectible editions.”