Unlike some famous people who will, I don’t know – clomp out of the house in disgusting sweaty plastic heels – Beyoncé is very protective of her image and always has to project Beyoncé-levels of perfect. So it should come as no surprise that Beyoncé reportedly pushed Anna Wintour out of the driver’s seat and fully taken the wheel of her rumored upcoming Vogue cover.
Beyoncé is rumored to be appearing on the September issue of Vogue this year (also rumored to be Anna Wintour’s last issue ever as editor-in-chief). Most cover models just show up, ask Annie Leibovitz where to stand and how vacant to look, but not Beyoncé. According to sources that spoke with The Huffington Post, Vogue is contractually obligated to give Beyoncé full control over all the photos, from the cover to the inside spread. She also has control over the photo captions, which she has reportedly written herself in long form. “Oh I’m sure she has” probably thought Linda Perry while delivering a side-eye from under one of her massive hats.
With Beyoncé’s power comes to ability to choose her photographer. Sources say Beyonce has chosen 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell.
Beyoncé personally chose Tyler to photograph her, making him the first black photographer to ever shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine’s 126 year history. That’s a deeply depressing fact, but Vogue does deserve a little credit. Can you believe how much restraint they showed by not just putting a white photographer in blackface?
HuffPo says that Beyoncé’s control is extremely out of the ordinary, as Anna has always had the final say over the issue. Those on the cover rarely, if never, get to have an opinion about what they’ll wear, and they’re basically sent the final issue about a week before publication. Beyoncé is either very special or had a big enough check stapled to her contract. Or maybe Anna Wintour is just too tired to care in her alleged final few weeks. “Prints, florals, stripes – whatever. Do what ever you want, I’ll be over here stealing pens and staplers from the supply cabinet.”