The cover we were waiting for is finally here. With Beyonce leading the direction of Vogue's September cover, the media, fashionistas and industry professionals were eager to explore the issue upon it's release. Well, it's finally here and it is as organic, lively and historic as we were all hoping for.
Perhaps the most conflict when shooting the images in B's cover spread came when the photographer's name was leaked to the press. Tyler Mitchell, not the publics first choice, was the first African American to shoot a cover for Vogue, ever and is also one of the youngest, at just 23 years old. When looking at Michelle's previously shot photographs, viewers are able to see that his style is natural, powerful and sensitive, choosing to photograph other African Americans. The delicacy and intimacy of these pictures in the Vogue September cover spread reflect just that.
In an article published on Vogue, Beyonce breaks the shoot down into what she wanted it to represent and how she wanted to discuss topics like pregnancy and body image, in this shoot. She states, "I am accepting of who I am. I will continue to explore every inch of my soul and every part of my artistry." Shooting for Vogues cover was the opportunity to discuss other topics deeply important to her like, legacy, freedom, ancestry and the opening of new doors in her career and life as a mother.
Beyonce says, "I’m in a place of gratitude right now... I want to learn more, teach more, and live in full.
I’ve worked long and hard to be able to get to a place where I can choose to surround myself with what fulfills and inspires me." I think this cover reflects this so well.
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