Anna Wintour is a legend, so it makes sense that, for what will probably be her last issue as Vogue‘s editor in chief, she would pass the baton to another legend. Yup—Beyoncé!
We knew Beyoncé was going to be on the cover but people are shocked at the amount of control Wintour has given Queen Bey. She will be in charge of her own cover image, including the captions, the photographer, and the overall vision.
Essentially, we’re about to get an issue of Vogue with a Beyoncé-In-Chief.
So what was Beyoncé-In-Chief’s first order of business? Breaking down a racial barrier that’s been in place for 126 years by hiring the very first black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover. The shockingly young 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell will be tackling the cover images thanks to Queen Bey. Don’t think he’s some amateur because of his age, though. Tyler has worked with Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Jaden Smith, and more.
His big break came with his work documenting the emerging skateboard scene in Cuba, and it’s quite possible he will bring that gritty vision to Vogue‘s cover.
Twitter is shocked that it’s taken this long, and an intervention from Beyoncé, to get a black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover.
Or maybe the story is they still wouldn’t have done it for years to come if it weren’t for Beyoncé.
— L (@Lane_Doll) July 31, 2018
126 yrs and Vogue has NEVER had a Black photographer??? One Hundred & Twentysix Years?! And if not for giving control over to Beyonce it would probably be another 126 yrs. #smh pic.twitter.com/6ZoEFwd14H
— LindaW (@LLinda_W) July 30, 2018
no Black cover photographer in 126 years??? pic.twitter.com/d9RHMqZA0U
— Deep Green Philly (@deepgreenphilly) July 30, 2018
It’s amazing, and embarrassing for them, that Vogue has never before had a Black photographer work on their cover. And Beyonce changed that, not Vogue.
— Touré (@Toure) July 30, 2018
that's an INSANE fact
it's one thing to, say, never have had a photographer that young shoot the cover
but no black photogs have done it? EVER? before this?
what the fuck, vogue?
— watson bobotson (@abarmostlikely) July 30, 2018
Of course, there are people who aren’t fans of Bey’s choice. Some believe her selection of a black photographer is racist.
Yes let's make it about race
— Gabi (@smartGabi) July 30, 2018
Nothing like bossing around the most powerful fashion mag-
— Ashley Adams (@AshleyAdamsRuns) July 31, 2018
Yes give a 23 year old a break instead of someone who's been passed over for a decade
— Susan Aylward (@shaylward) July 31, 2018
Imagine if any White person in America 2018 admitted that they only hired a person because they were white! WoW
— build a wall today! (@Dmsrcmc12Bob) July 31, 2018
— Baloney! (@prosecutingUSA) July 30, 2018
What a racist.
— Tank Whisperer (@M1A1_Jockey) July 31, 2018
But as far as most people are concerned, Bey leading this issue of Vogue is cause for celebration.
sad-gressive: /adj/ a moment of progressive social reform that is sad when you consider context.
sentence: it is sad-gressive that in 2018, vogue will have its first cover shot by a black photographer in its 126 year history https://t.co/bGnn5lvz1M
— Ziwe (@ziwe) July 30, 2018
You: Print is dying
Beyoncé: One sec https://t.co/2iy7ZtdBTZ
— Caroline Moss (@socarolinesays) July 30, 2018
— salvadork (@cholochavador) July 30, 2018
She’s just too powerful pic.twitter.com/wfzlCdGPql
— Oliver (@oliver_knowlez) July 30, 2018
Are you excited to see what Bey comes up with? We want to know if you find her choice of photographers revolutionary or racist. Sound off!