Beyoncé has forced VOGUE to break a tradition in their 126-year history by getting a black photographer to shoot her upcoming cover.
According to HuffPost, the singer recruited Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old artist from Atlanta, to photograph her upcoming September issue cover. She reportedly obtained full control over the cover from Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, something that had never been done before.
“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 a trusted source to HuffPost.
Thinking bout 2017! pic.twitter.com/iouyVfKK4W
— Tyler Mitchell (@Tyler_Mitchell_) December 30, 2016
The media house further added that Mitchell, a New York University graduate, became famous in the art world through his work in Cuba and his featured work on Instagram. Presently, he has more than 57,000 Instagram followers which include top names like Rose McGowan and Naomi Campbell.
“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” he told the New York Times in a recent interview, adding, “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”
Check out some of his works.