Thanks to Beyoncé, the cover of Vogue for the first time will photograph an African American

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With the singer will work 23-year-old director and photographer Tyler Mitchell.

Singer Beyonce will become the heroine of the cover of the September issue of Vogue and will fully control the process of creating a cover-story. Beyonce herself chose a photographer – 23-year-old African American Tyler Mitchell, who filmed for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. He will be the first black author of the cover of Vogue for the entire 126-year history of the magazine.

According to the anonymous source of The Huffington Post, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour “unprecedentedly” allowed Beyoncé to manager the cover: the singer was not only allowed to appoint a photographer herself, but also to select and sign images to be published in the magazine. The source of The Huffington Post noted that Wintour usually controls the shooting for the cover completely–from the photographer to the selection of clothes, and the resulting pictures are rarely coordinated with the main characters.

In 2017, The New York Times called Tyler Mitchell “A Young Photographer With an ‘Honest Gaze’.” Mitchell, who grew up in Atlanta, graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He became famous for the series El Paquete, in which he captured Cuban skaters. Mitchell also made advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, a clip for rapper Kevin Abstract and a cover for Teen Vogue. Mitchell photographs mostly black people, he is interested in the problems of racism.

According to the source of The Huffington Post, Wintour prefers to work with famous fashion photographers who adhere to the “traditional style”. “Beyonce used her influence so that he [Mitchell] was given this job,” the source said.

For Beyonce this is the second cover of Vogue. In 2015, the singer was photographed by Briton Mario Testino.

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