Transcending Blackness in Vogue’s September Issues

by Darnell-Jamal Lisby


In its 126-year history, Vogue turned its pages towards a new trajectory. For its 2018 September issue, its cover and accompanied editorial were graced and photographed by African-Americans; Grammy Award-winning artist Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was given control to conduct the creative direction of the issue’s cover and editorial, choosing the bourgeoning fashion photographer Tyler Mitchell to direct the photoshoot.[1] The final product materialized into a series of vivid elegant photographs that combine settings and high fashion inspired by fine art and Black culture.

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