When Bey Makes The news, She breaks it

Readers sure know that the September issue of Vogue has been a buzzy event because it is the biggest and most prestigious fashion publication of the year. Not only is Beyoncé the first African-American on Vogue’s September cover, she also made history when she hired 23-year-old black photographer Tyler Mitchell to shoot the cover, making him the first black photographer to do so in Vogue’s 126-year existence. It was revealed that the 36-year-old singer had full control of the issue where she wrote about her body, pregnancy and other parts of her life.

I think it’s important for women and men to see and appreciate the beauty in their natural bodies. That’s why I stripped away the wigs and hair extensions and used little makeup for this shoot.

The Texan singer goes on to talk about having an emergency C-section when she gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir after concerns that the health of all three of them was in danger. In that time she describes suffering from pre-eclampsia and being on bed rest for over a month. Afterward she “accepted what my body wanted to be” and “enjoyed my fuller curves.” She also spoke about her decision to work with Tyler Mitchell and the importance of opening doors for younger artists.

If people in powerful positions continue to hire and cast only people who look like them, sound like them, come from the same neighborhoods they grew up in, they will never have a greater understanding of experiences different from their own. They will hire the same models, curate the same art, cast the same actors over and over again, and we will all lose

The beauty of social media is it’s completely democratic. Everyone has a say. Everyone’s voice counts, and everyone has a chance to paint the world from their own perspective, she continued before touching on poor romantic relations in her family and ancestry. “I researched my ancestry recently and learned that I come from a slave owner who fell in love with and married a slave. I had to process that revelation over time,” she continued. “I questioned what it meant and tried to put it into perspective. I now believe it’s why God blessed me with my twins. The male and female energy was able to coexist and grow in my blood for the first time. I pray that I am able to break the generational curses in my family and that my children will have less complicated lives.”


Richard Ogundiya

Journalist & Techpreneur. Africa, communications and data.

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