Beyoncé Covers Vogue’s September Issue, Talks Diversity in Pop Culture

Photographs by Tyler Mitchell for Vogue

Beyoncé will grace the cover of next month’s Vogue with an exclusive feature written by the superstar herself.

“Beyoncé in Her Own Words: Her Life, Her Body, Her Heritage” is an eye-opening look inside Queen B’s life and touches on topics of body expectations, diversity among elite decision-makers, and discoveries she made about her own ancestry.

“I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave,” Beyoncé wrote. “I had to process that revelation over time. I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective.”

The performer puts a lot of emphasis on her desire to expand societal norms to equally include people of color and other minorities. There are still a lot of firsts for people of color to experience.

One example of a first: the new Vogue cover is the first ever shot by an African American photographer.

“When I first started, 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get onto covers of magazines because black people did not sell,” Beyoncé said. “Clearly that has been proven a myth.”

“It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.”

Read the full feature over at Vogue’s website or keep scrolling to see the results of Tyler Mitchell’s photo shoot with Beyoncé.

Beyoncé for Vogue, Photo by Tyler Mitchell

Beyoncé for Vogue, Photo by Tyler Mitchell

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