Recently, it was reported that Beyoncé Knowles was giving “unprecedented control” over Vogue’s September issue. This would include Vogue being contractually obligated to grant Beyoncé power over the cover of the issues as well as the photos inside (along with the captions, which she supposedly wrote herself).
And since Beyoncé is Beyoncé and does all things Beyoncé (which basically equates to kicking ass, taking names, and making history), she hired a 23-year-old photography named Tyler Mitchell to shoot the cover.
The young talent will be 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,” a source told the at HuffPost.
Well that and the fact that Mitchell is super talented. Though he probably wouldn’t have been hired without Beyoncé, it doesn’t mean the photographer hasn’t already begin to make a name for himself.
He first gained attention in 2015 with his self-published books on Cuban skate culture and architecture and has since gained a healthy following on Instagram (he has 85.6 K followers). His resume includes shooting Lil Uzi Vert for the cover of Fader and as well as Spike Lee for the cover of Office as well as working with Marc Jacobs and Ray Ban. His work was also seen in Vogue previously where he shot actress Zazie Beetz.
Now of course this news is awesome for reason that don’t even need to be stated, but I’m going to state some of those anyway:
- 126 years is a long f*#king time with a lot of f*#king covers so WTF Vogue it’s about time you hire a black photographer shoot the cover.
- The kid, at 23, is a youngin.
- Beyoncé being Beyoncé using her “power and influence” in such progressive way.
Beyoncé for president.