Anna Wintour, American Vogue’s editor-in-chief, has been dictating what the world deems cool for decades. Her brown, blunt bob with bangs and oversized black plastic sunnies are like a totem perched front row of any major fashion week, and her signature look and no-nonsense demeanor has even inspired a major Hollywood flick. (Meryl Streep, you were a very convincing Anna.)
This year marks the fashion legend’s 30th year at the helm of the glossy, and rumour has it, the September issue might be Anna’s last. To retire after releasing the September issue in her third decade at the mag is like the fashion world’s version of a well-timed mic drop.
Rumours have been swirling for months, with heavy hitting fashion sites like WWD and Refinery29 speculating that Anna has devised an exit plan, and is on her way out. Condé Nast, Vogue’s parent company, however, says it isn’t true — whether they’re in head-spinning denial, are just trying to stay tight-lipped, or are really telling the truth, it’s hard to say.
In a possible effort to delegate some work before her departure, Anna handed the reigns of the upcoming September cover to Beyoncé. And in a move unprecedented in the publication’s 126-year history, B hired a black photographer to shoot it. Ummm, FIRST black photographer? How is that even possible!?
Beyoncé hiring a 23 year old black photographer for her Vogue cover, making him the first black photographer to shoot for vogue in 126 years!!! Is what we should ALL strive to do when given the opportunity to put someone else on and change the status quo!
— Neku Atawodi-Edun (@NekuAE) July 31, 2018
“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,” an anonymous source told Huffpo.
What Beyoncé wants, Beyoncé gets. Twenty-three-year-old Tyler Mitchell can now add ‘history-maker’ to his resume, after he’s photographed Vogue’s September cover as well as an interior fashion story. Tyler is no stranger to the style realm, having worked with brands like Givenchy, Converse and Marc Jacobs in the past, but this is his first major fashion magazine cover shoot, and his first job for the unofficial fashion bible, at that.
Rumour also has it that Beyoncé is writing all of the captions for the interior photo shoot, opting for long-form descriptions over short, quick-hits.
It’s hard to imagine American Vogue sans Anna, but replacing her with someone that signifies change and progress might be the exact move the heritage publication needs in order to remain relevant. OKAY, let’s be honest, Beyoncé would be the perfect editor!