Beyoncé Portrait To Be Displayed At Smithsonian Gallery


Published 2 weeks ago

Beyoncé’s Vogue cover will soon be permanently displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. 

The “Formation” singer’s picture was taken by then 23-year-old Black photographer Tyler Mitchell for Vogue’s September 2018 issue. 

Mitchell is one of the youngest lensman to have shot a cover of Vogue.

One year later after the English countryside shoot, the Brooklyn, New York-based filmmaker took to Twitter, announcing the good news.

A year ago today we broke the flood gates open

Now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection

— Tyler Mitchell (@Tyler_Mitchell_) August 6, 2019

The official Smithsonian Twitter page excitedly responded to Mitchell’s tweet.

We’re just so crazy in love with her that we had to do it! ✨ We look forward to adding this new work to our collection.

— National Portrait Gallery (@smithsoniannpg) August 6, 2019

The yet-to-be-announced exhibit will feature the portrait of Queen Bey wearing a Valentino dress and Philip Treacy hat at the Washington, D.C. museum’s permanent collection.

CBS News reports Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief, allowed Beyoncé to have unprecedented editorial control over her cover and feature, which included Mrs. Carter choosing her own 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 told Vogue. “Clearly, that has been proven a myth. Not only is an African American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue, this is the first-ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer.”

Before Mitchell, the fashion and lifestyle magazine had never hired a Black photographer for a cover shoot in its 126-year history.

Photo: Kevin Winter/PW18/Getty Images for Parkwood Entertainment

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