All hail the Queen for using her powers for creative greatness. Queen B is no stranger to Worldwide magazine covers but this time, she came with a very real statement, Black people matter. Photographer Tyler Mitchell was asked by the magazine’s editors Anna Wintour and Conde Nast’s Creative Director Raul Martinez to shoot Beyoncé for the big fashion issue. They first noticed his work in a March/April issue of Teen Vogue, the junior version of the magazine. Beyonce did sign off on the approval of the photographer from a list of names.
The article is more interesting as it gives us a rare insight into the mindset of Mrs. Carter, without the lyrical fantasy. She is raw. You can feel her maturity steaming off the words she uses, especially when talking about the issues she and Jay- Z faced with the delivery of their fraternal twins, Rumi and Sir. She says “I was able to carry both male and female energy inside of me.” She goes into some familial troubles that has hurt her explaining that she wishes her kids will be the change that fixes broken relationships.
Body empowerment has been apart of Beyoncé’s messaging for a while now. She says after gaining 216 pounds during pregnancy, she learned to embrace her new post-baby bod. She is no rush to get rid of her mommy pouch. She explains that women are always under pressure to look a certain way and that she is just tired of it. We need to learn to love the skin we are in and she is using her star power to drive home that notion. We are enough. Jay-Z and Beyoncé let the world into their marriage and shows how you don’t have to give up when the going gets, well ridiculous. They are currently on the American leg of their On The Run 2 tour. She says that creative freedom and opening doors for others to be creatively free is her new mission in life. She wants to continue to teach and continue to grow.
Do you think it is important for magazine’s such as Vogue to shed light on creative diversity?