According to the Huffington Post, Beyoncé was recently given unprecedented control over the cover of Vogue magazine’s upcoming September issue and hired the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication’s 126-year history.
Anna Wintour, the publication’s editor-in-chief, agreed to give Beyoncé full control over the cover, the photos of her inside the magazine and the captions, which she has written herself and are in long-form, according to two Huff Post sources,
Cover subjects are usually given little to no say in their photos and are sent the cover in the week ahead of publication, a source familiar with the editorial process at the publication told HuffPost.
Beyoncé chose 23-year old black photographer Tyler Mitchell to be her photographer. “I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” Mitchell told The New York Times in December. He has already made a name for himself shooting campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy,
“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 told HuffPost.
Wintour typically prefers to hire fashion photographers with more traditional experience and likely would not have selected Mitchell for a cover shoot, according to a source familiar with Vogue’s editorial process.
The cover is also likely to be Wintour’s last September issue, according to four sources familiar with her plans. Vogue parent company Condé Nast repeatedly has said the editor is not leaving the magazine.
A representative for Vogue declined to comment on this story.