Vogue cover to be shot by black photographer for first time: report
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The cover of the upcoming issue of Vogue magazine will be shot by a black photographer, reportedly for the first time in the publication’s 126-year history.

According to HuffPost, singer Beyoncé reportedly has unprecedented control over the cover of next month’s issue and will be featured through the magazine in photos and long-form captions, which she penned herself.

Sources familiar with the agreement between the magazine and Beyoncé regarding the upcoming issue told HuffPost the star reportedly selected 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot the cover. 

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“I depict black people and people of color in a really real and pure way,” Mitchell, who has shot for Marc Jacobs and Givenchy campaigns, told The New York Times last year. “There is an honest gaze to my photos.”

A source close to the matter told HuffPost that “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.”

The cover is also said to be Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s last issue with the magazine. But the magazine’s parent company Condé Nast has previously said the editor is not leaving the publication. 

The news arrives on the heels of several historic changes at Condé Nast.

Last year, Edward Enninful, the former creative director of the American magazine W, became the first black editor-in-chief of British Vogue in its 100-year history. Elaine Welteroth was named the first black editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue in 2016.