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Tyler Mitchell: The cover story of Beyonce & # 39; s Vogue

Tyler Mitchell: The cover story of Beyonce & # 39; s Vogue

The fourth cover of Beyoncé by American Vogue was a story. Not because she was the first black woman on the cover (Beverly Johnson, 1974), not because she was the first black woman to cover a September issue (Naomi Campbell, 1989), and not because she had collected the covers more than Vogue as a woman of color (Shari Belafonte and Rihanna have five). Instead, for the first time in history, the cover of American Vogue was taken by a black photographer: Tyler Mitchell.
Cover of Vogue with Naomi Campbell (1989)

Cover of Vogue with Naomi Campbell (1989)

"When I started 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get into magazine covers because blacks were not selling," wrote Beyoncé in her extensive captions that accompanied the imaginary. "Clearly a myth has been demonstrated: not only is an African-American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first cover of Vogue taken by an African American photographer."
Beyoncé by photographer Tyler Mitchell for Vogue

Beyoncé by photographer Tyler Mitchell for Vogue Credit: Tyler Mitchell

In 126 years of Vogue, the magazine has had various permutations. It started as a weekly, transformed into a biweekly and finally in 1973 it was monthly. Representatives of Condé Nast indicate a 1932 cover of Edward Steichen of a woman in a bathing suit as the beginning of the cover photograph from the publication, but 1959 brought the first year of all photographic covers, starting to inaugurate a & # 39; Vogue era know it today

These reference dates bring the context to numbers like 126 years and 1,512 Vogue numbers that are banned on social media – in fact there have been over 2,800 covers. But even with these clarifications, the lack of black photographers is an obvious omission.

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