Beyoncé's Vogue Portrait, Shot By 24-Year-Old Black Photographer Tyler Mitchell, To Be Featured In Smithsonian Museum

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| August 07 2019,

12:50 am

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.  

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.