The Smithsonian Institution has just confirmed that it is acquiring Beyoncé’s 2018 cover of Vogue’s September issue.
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The National Portrait Gallery will feature the portrait in a new exhibit.
The Photographer that shot the photograph was Tyler Mitchell, the first African-American to shoot a Vogue September issue cover. He sent out a tweet announcing the news Tuesday.
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 pic.twitter.com/T97rHU9u8J
Mitchel later told Vogue’s Fashion News Director Chioma Nnadi he wanted the work to “revitalise and elevate the black body”.
Meanwhile, Beyonce also opened up about the importance of diversity in the media, adding: “Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lens, we will continue to have a narrow approach and view of what the world actually looks like.
“It’s important to me that I help open doors for younger artists. There are so many cultural and societal barriers to entry that I like to do what I can to level the playing field, to present a different point of view for people who may feel like their voices don’t matter.”
The singer’s portrait was said to be hung along the same halls as other artists and former dignitaries such as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. However, the gallery has not announced when the exhibit will open to the public.