The Louvre handed over its keys to Beyonce, 36, and now, American Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief will too. If there’s anyone who’d be allowed to take total creative reign of the magazine’s iconic September cover from Anna Wintour, 68, it would be Queen Bey. In Wintour’s 30-year run as EIC, this is unheard of, but Beyonce was made head honcho for the cover shoot, thanks to contract obligations from Vogue.
It’s only July and Beyonce’s already calling shots that are breaking the status quo. For one, she’s hired celebrity photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell, 23, to shoot her cover. Not only is he exceptionally young, but most importantly, he’s the first person of color ever to photograph a Vogue cover…and the magazine has been around for 126 years. Only a tight bubble of seasoned fashion photographers usually receive the honor to shoot the September cover, but Queen B, who’s now a mom to three, flipped that switch quick.
Second, she’ll also be lending a hand to the editorial side by writing her own captions under her pictures, and don’t expect them to be brief!
If all the aforementioned news wasn’t groundbreaking enough, word on the street (and many, many news sources) is that Wintour is ending her three-decade tenure as EIC with Vogue! Although Condé Nast has yet to confirm the news, industry sources “have insisted” that the departure is for real.