Beyoncé Makes History With Upcoming ‘Vogue’ Cover
Superstar singer Beyoncé is continuing her mission to celebrate and empower African Americans through her art and media presence.
The latest example includes her upcoming September cover of Vogue, where the singer requested the first black cover photographer in the magazine’s 126-year history.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour gave Beyoncé “unprecedented control” over her photographs and the captions, all of which the singer will write.
Beyoncé selected 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell for the project.
The superstar’s decision is being viewed as part of a socially conscious revolution, beginning with her 2016 album “Lemonade.” The album was accompanied by a 56 minute-long documentary-style video, which listeners and the press hailed as “a revolutionary work of black feminism.”
The mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner made appearances in her “Lemonade” video, as she paid tribute to the three black men whose controversial deaths sparked outrage in this country.
Beyoncé continued her crusade at her 2016 Superbowl halftime performance, donning a costume that referenced the Black Panthers. The imagery spurred outrage among police unions and calls to boycott her performance, but the event went on as scheduled.
Most recently at Coachella earlier this year, Beyoncé became the first woman of color to headline the popular music festival. Her performance included several references to African-American culture, such as quotes from Malcolm X and tributes to Nina Simone and the marching bands, dance troupes and step teams at historically black colleges.
Beyoncé later announced she would donate $100,000 to four black universities.
The superstar’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, was initially wary of her daughter’s bold focus on black culture in such a mainstream environment, fearing it would be misunderstood.
However, her daughter convinced her otherwise: “[Beyoncé] said ‘I have worked very hard to get to the point where I have a true voice and at this point in my life and my career I have a responsibility to do what’s best for the world and not what is most popular’.”