We all know that in the fashion world, nabbing a September cover is the ultimate win and this year, there is more melanin than ever fronting the pages of the biggest magazine of all time, Vogue. We have none other than Queen Bey, Beyonce flaunting her gorgeousness on the prestigious magazine cover. Taking us back to the basics with her cover photo appearance makes her our personality of the week.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has been given full editorial control of her September cover for US Vogue and the prestigious cover was revealed in all its Queen Bey glory. Along with her team, she has exercised extraordinary control over the issue, from the cover to even the captions of each photograph. With such control she has invited the readers to understand her without impediment.
The September Issue is traditionally the publications’ biggest and most influential edition of the year, where usually, the magazine cover stars are given little to no say when it comes to such things. The fact that Beyonce’s been given free reign with the cover of the September issue in particular shows the extent of her star power.
It is not just the cover that is making the headlines, the Lemonade singer is being praise for her decision of choosing a 23-year old Tyler Mitchell to shoot for the Vogue US cover, making him the first black photographer in the magazine’s 126-year history. She said, ‘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. That is why I wanted to work with this brilliant 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell.’
Rather surprisingly, instead of opting for opulent and high budget sets, the singer opted most of her images shot in front of different coloured sheets in the middle of a grassy landscape. It wasn’t just the backdrops that were kept to a minimum, the 22-time Grammy winner also stuck to neutral beauty looks and rather understated Gucci looks. One look at the cover and you will see queen B looking surreal vision in a white Gucci gown. About her natural aesthetic of the shoot, Beyoncé revealed, ‘I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.’
The star made her stage comeback after the birth of the twins at the Coachella music festival in April this year. She is currently on a US and European tour with rapper husband Jay-Z. In the open essay, Beyoncé talks about many things including her career, husband and childbirth experience. She opens up about the traumatic birth of her twins, Sir and Rumi, who were born last year via emergency C-section. Talking about learning to love her body again, she stated, ‘To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real.’
With such powerful aura and positive outlook towards life, she is the true inspiration for many. The September issue will soon go on the newsstands and we wait for this world-wide favoured celebrity’s story. Afterall, who better to tell Beyonce’s story than Beyonce herself?
"I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her," says @Beyonce in our September issue cover story. "I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful." Inspired by @Beyonce's words, 11 women share the advice they would give their 20-something selves; tap the link in our bio to read. Photographed by @tylersphotos, fashion editor @tonnegood, Vogue, September 2018.