Photographer Tyler Mitchell shares a spectacular piece of news about an image from his September 2018 Beyoncé cover editorial. In an embarrassing acknowledgement of racism in the fashion industry, Mitchell became the first African American photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue in its 125-year history.
Clearly, positive energy infused Mitchell’s editorial from every direction, so much so that one of his Vogue images has been acquired into the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection in Washington, D.C.
The selected photo sees Beyoncé on location just outside of London, wearing a sequin-covered Valentino dress and exuberant Philip Treacy London headpiece.
“A year ago today we broke the flood gates open,” Mitchell wrote of the news on Instagram. “Since then, it was important to spend the whole year running through them making sure every piece of the gate was knocked down.”
As a concerned photographer, who is socially and politically engaged, Mitchell sees the Beyoncé shoot as an empowerment opportunity
“We’ve been thingified physically, sexually, emotionally. With my work I’m looking to revitalize and elevate the black body.”
We share the entire editorial in celebration of Mitchell’s growing success, Queen Bey herself, and the New Day society global citizens desire.
Beyoncé Taps Tyler Mitchell, 23, As First African American Photographer Of Vogue Cover In History
Mega star Beyoncé covers the September issue of American Vogue,with young (23) photographer Tyler Mitchell behind the lens and plenty of womanly wisdom and goddess energy from Beyoncé creating his support system. Tonne Goodman is in charge of styling, with hair by Sir John and minimal makeup by Neal Farinah
Calling Mitchell "brilliant," the 36-year-old mega star explained to Vogue -- I think we can safely say Anna Wintour -- that she wanted to ensure a new perspective was being shown to Vogue readers, as no other Vogue cover in history had been shot by an African-American photographer.
"Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lens, we will continue to have a narrow approach and view of what the world actually looks like," she said. "It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter."
It's worth noting that Beyoncé tells her own story; there is no interview. In one of her more poignant comments, she writes:
I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave. I had to process that revelation over time. I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time. I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.
Read on at Vogue US