Beyoncé will reportedly be the cover of Vogue’s highly anticipated September issue. The issue is also reported to be Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s last, and the first cover shot by a Black photographer, Tyler Mitchell.
Rumors have been swirling that Wintour is poised to leave her role at Vogue for a while, but last month Women’s Wear Daily reignited the speculation.
“Numerous industry sources have insisted in recent weeks that Wintour is indeed set to leave her 30-year post as editor in chief of American Vogue,” reported WWD. “With the reveal of a soft exit thought to be coming after the all-important September issue is released, which usually happens around mid-August.”
It’d make sense for Wintour to exit with a high profile cover, and she’s allegedly going out with a bang by giving Beyoncé unparalleled authority over the cover.
According to Huffington Post Black Voices, Wintour gave Beyoncé unprecedented control over the upcoming September issue which allowed Mrs. Carter to hire Mitchell, the first Black photographer to shoot a cover in Vogue’s 126-year history.
“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 said.
Beyoncé’s last cover of Vogue was the September 2015 issue when the artist appeared on the cover, but didn’t give an interview. It’s being reported that this go around she will be allowing an interview.
Photography: Getty Images, Beyoncé, Joshua Aronson respectively