ABC/Image Group LAIn honor of her upcoming birthday in September, it looks like Beyoncé is ready to make history.
Sources tells HuffPost that Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour has given complete creative control of Bey’s September 2018 issue cover shoot to the singer herself. With it, sources say, Queen Bey will also be making history by hiring a black photographer to shoot her for the cover.
Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old artist from Atlanta, has reportedly been personally picked by Bey for the honor, making him the first black photographer in the magazine’s 126-year history to shoot the cover.
“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,” a source said.
Mitchell, a graduate of New York University, made a name for himself through his work in Cuba and his featured work on Instagram. The New York Times featured the young artist in its “Up Next” series in December.
“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” he told the Times. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”
In 2015, Mitchell released his self-published book of photos, El Paquete, which focused on Cuban skate culture and architecture. According to the Times, he captured the book’s 108 photos while in Cuba for a six week documentary photography program.
Sources tell HuffPost that Beyoncé has already submitted written long-form captions for the photos inside the issue. Similar to her previous September 2015 Vogue cover, Bey is not expected to do an interview.
The upcoming cover is also reported to be Wintour’s last September issue, although Vogue has not confirmed the news.
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