A still from Beyoncé’s “Haunted” music video.
The annual buzz surrounding Vogue’s Bible-sized September issue never sounds like a measly murmur; following the release of the documentary, The September Issue, readers have come to expect a stacked lineup of flawless stories and editorials that accurately reflect exactly what’s happening now in pop culture.
So why would Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour put Beyoncé on her coveted magazine cover with the tagline, “The Art of Global Domination,” when B hasn’t released an album since 2013 or even dropped a single since 2014? Because it’s the safe route and will without-a-doubt sell copies like mad. (If you haven’t put two and two together, this is the same reason why Kim Kardashian’s face (ass?) also inundates newsstands across the globe).
FIRST LOOK: Beyoncé Covers VOGUE Magazine – September 2015 Issue pic.twitter.com/OpMj6EEase
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) August 13, 2015
This is the third time Beyoncé’s covered Vogue to date, according to Racked, and apparently it’s only the third time a black female artist has covered the September issue at all, which is embarrassingly unforgivable on the magazine’s part. (Naomi Campbell and Halle Barry came before B). The image was shot by Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino and features slightly wetted hair a la B’s “Drunk In Love” music video.
Nonetheless, we’d love to see top tier magazines begin taking risks to accurately reflect the fast-moving cultural landscape. Could you imagine how incredible FKA Twigs would look on a Vogue September issue cover? Or Laverne Cox? That would be a moment. (P.S. we’re not even slightly upset about the dress B’s wearing; it’s Marc Jacobs AW ’15 and absolutely stunning, so Kudos on the fashion front, Tonne Goodman).