Anna Wintour who?

Vogue's editor-in-chief is taking a back seat this September when she passes the baton to none other than Beyoncé. No, Wintour is not leaving the fashion mag for good, but she is putting her trust in Beyoncé to make the highly-anticipated September issue her own. Turning the tables so we can turn the pages, this issue will be a first of its kind…from the direction to the details. There is no one quite like the "Queen Bey," adding anticipation to what is sure to be an issue that will go down in history as a ground-breaker.

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As per Huffington Post, "The publication is contractually obligated to give Beyoncé full control over the cover, the photos of her inside the magazine and the captions, which she has written herself and are in long-form. And the music icon hired the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the publication's 126-year history."

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Wintour, known for her strict and stern control over the long-running "fashion bible" seems to be loosening up as she lets a living legend put her own spin on the style, snapshots, and spreads. Beyoncé, in all her beauty will grace the cover and will appear on plenty of the pages throughout the issue. And as for the photographer, Atlanta-based Tyler Mitchell, who is getting the gig of a lifetime? "The reason a 23-year-old black photographer is photographing Beyoncé for the cover of Vogue is because Beyoncé used her power and influence to get him that assignment," a source revealed. Seasoned fashion photographers who thought the job was theirs may be miffed, but for the young up-and-comer, Beyoncé is nothing short of a blessing.

A trio of some notable Vogue covers, including Beyonce in '13 stargist.com

And she is unlike any other model for the mag's biggest month. According to The Telegraph, "The fashion Bible's cover subjects are usually given little to no input over their photographs, which they are sent around a week before it hits the news stand." But Beyoncé's got a vision, something Wintour is willing to work into the process, making the September issue one we won't put down for a while.


Check out the honey of the "beyhive" as the cover girl of various magazines over the years. Looking glorious on the glossy front pages, this woman was made to be worshipped.

2013 - Beyonce on the cover of Shape

Shapely, indeed!

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Looking fit, fierce, and fabulous, Beyonce is ab-solutely amazing on the cover of Shape. Her body is in tip-top condition and her confidence is clear. If we could look half as good as this diva, we'd be delighted!

2013- Beyonce on the cover of Italian Vanity Fair

Globe-trotting goddess

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No matter which country she's in, Beyonce makes it to the front cover of the magazine. Looking like the fashionista she always is, this issue of Vanity Fair is the fairest of them all!

2009 - Beyonce on the cover of Spain's Cosmopolitan

Hola chica!

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Whether in Spain or in The States, Beyonce poses perfectly, showing fans from across the globe that she is a goddess. Cosmopolitan is known for it's sexy spreads, and by the look of this sequined number, Beyonce got the message loud and clear!

2007 - Beyonce on the cover of Sports Illustrated

The singer splashes around

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Looking like a sporty ray of sunshine, Beyonce hits the beach to show off her curves and cute smile for fans of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Trading the stage for the surf, Beyonce is spectacular under the sun.

2006 - Beyonce on the cover of Elle

One "Elle" of a great photo!

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2006 seems like a lifetime ago, but Beyonce's smile reminds us why we fell in love with her in the first place. Looking pretty in pink on the cover of Elle, the December cover of the mag was our fave Christmas present that year.

2012 - Beyonce on the cover of People

The world's most beautiful every year!

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People got it right in 2012 when they named Beyonce the "World's Most Beautiful Woman." Of course, Jay-Z could have told us that years ago, but when People picks a princess to grace their cover, the whole world will raid the racks.

2007 - Beyonce on the cover of Seventeen

Teen idol

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Teens and "tweens" have a role model to look up to. When Seventeen selected Beyonce to be their cover model in '07, they knew the issue would sell out fast. Parents could be proud that their daughters could dream big and be the next Beyonce if they put their minds to it.

2014 - Beyonce on the cover of In Touch

Gossip and garbage...comes with the territory

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For every positive story, there's one that feeds the rumor mill with scandal and speculation. Like most celebs, the gossip rags love to cover "stories" to sell issues, In Touch being one of the grocery store checkout line favorites. Since Beyonce and her man are still going strong, In Touch may have been out of touch with this '14 headline.

2015 - Beyonce on the cover of Interview

An interview with an intriguing inspiration

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Beyonce may be hiding behind a mask on the cover of Interview, but her eyes give us a look into the soul of a superstar. She is always interesting and this interview was surely a page-turner.

2011 - Beyonce on the cover of Harper's Bazaar

Beauty and the Bazaar

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Looking radiant in red, Beyonce is ravishing as she gives us the "cold shoulder" on the cover of Harper's Bazaar. With a smoky eye and a sultry "smize," Beyonce works the camera like a queen.



Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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