By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Everyone knows how big of a deal Vogue’s September issues are so if you’re covering that issue, then you’re obviously a big deal. And who better to show us how big of a deal it is than Beyoncé.
The annual September issue of the iconic fashion magazine, which even has its own documentary, is the biggest, most important, and most influential of the year — its editorial spreads can dictate trends, it’s a major draw for advertisers, and the cover always features an A-list celebrity.
But in addition to all those things, Beyoncé saw the issue as a chance to give more opportunities to people who don’t necessarily get to be a part of the cover.
She tells the magazine that she hopes she can make it easier not just for more black women to appear on magazine covers (something she says she was not able to do 20 years ago when she started her career) but for black artists to work on them, too.
Bey is reported to have had an immense amount of control over the 2018 September issue, and it marks the first time in the history of the magazine that an African-American photographer shot the cover – 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell.
She wrote her cover story herself, so everything came from her heart.
Beyonce spoke about her pregnancy and body acceptance, saying that: “After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy. I was still breastfeeding when I performed the Revel shows in Atlantic City in 2012. After the twins, I approached things very differently.”
She also chose to look mostly natural for the shoot: “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.”
And she added: “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. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be.”
About her choice of photographer, Bey noted: “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.”
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