Who runs Vogue? Come September, the answer is Beyoncé.
The superstar singer will reportedly take over the magazine’s upcoming September issue. According to The Huffington Post, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has given Bey “unprecedented control” over the fashion bible including the cover, the photos of her inside the magazine, and the captions, which she has written herself.
In addition to starring on the cover, Bey has hired 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot the cover. Mitchell, who has shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy, is the first black cover photographer in the magazine’s 126-year history.
Wintour typically hires fashion photographers with more traditional experience, according to a source familiar with Vogue‘s editorial process, but the magazine is contractually obligated to give Beyoncé full control.
“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,” said the source.
Beyoncé last graced the September 2015 cover of Vogue, photographed by Mario Testino.