Beyonce is on the cover of September Vogue. She interviewed herself because no one else can, according to an interview Anna Wintour gave to BusinessofFashion.com. Well, it’s an as-told-to. You know, we’re not in the journalism game here. This about fantasy.
What we don’t know yet is how big the issue is–did Wintour’s clever whisper campaign about whether she might leave Vogue help drive in ads? BoF doesn’t divulge.
We do know that 23 year old Tyler Mitchell took the pictures and he’s the first African American photographer who’s shot a Vogue cover. (He put a lot of things on her head, and she looks uncomfortable. Carmen Miranda wore it better.)
Wintour, for all her superficial trappings and unwarranted haughtiness, is to be heralded for being very pro-active about putting black models and celebs on the Vogue cover when other magazines have balked.
So we’re not going to learn much about Beyonce, whose image is controlled with a whip and chair.
Here’s a little insight:
“I come from a lineage of broken male-female relationships, abuse of power, and mistrust. Only when I saw that clearly was I able to resolve those conflicts in my own relationship. Connecting to the past and knowing our history makes us both bruised and beautiful.
I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave. I had to process that revelation over time. I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. Male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time. I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.”