Beyoncé's Vogue Portrait, Shot By 24-Year-Old Black Photographer Tyler Mitchell, To Be Featured In Smithsonian Museum
Who runs the world? Bey.
Part of the doubly edge-snatching September 2018 Vogue issue featuring Beyoncé has been elected to appear in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
On Tuesday, 24-year-old Tyler Mitchell, who was the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine's 127-year history, announced the news on Twitter on Tuesday.
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A year ago today we broke the flood gates open— Tyler Mitchell (@Tyler_Mitchell_) August 6, 2019'
Now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection pic.twitter.com/T97rHU9u8J
The "Brown Skin Girl" singer was given full editorial control of the issue and personally tapped Mitchell to shoot her cover. The young creative told the magazine how momentous the occasion had been for him in an August 2018 interview.
“You’d imagine someone as famous as Beyoncé to be protective of her image, but she was really an open book— and that’s exactly what you want as a photographer," he told Vogue.
The Brooklyn-based artist also heralded the significance of the history-making shoot.
“For so long, Black people have been considered things,” he said. “We’ve been thingified physically, sexually, emotionally. With my work I’m looking to revitalize and elevate the black body.”
It's safe to say the Smithsonian is more than elated to include Bey in their prestigious collection of esteemed public figures.
We're just so crazy in love with her that we had to do it! ✨ We look forward to adding this new work to our collection. pic.twitter.com/kXsp1G5kxR— National Portrait Gallery (@smithsoniannpg) August 6, 2019'
We'll be sure to keep everyone posted when the portrait goes up but we hope you'll visit us in the meantime to see another Beyoncé portrait: https://t.co/YLpBsbIhNf (we're free!) pic.twitter.com/CSGcCnHxzs— National Portrait Gallery (@smithsoniannpg) August 6, 2019'