Tyler Mitchell Clarifies How He Got Hired to Shoot Beyoncé’s ‘Vogue’ Cover

Tyler Mitchell has set the records straight about how he got hired to shoot Beyoncé’s Vogue cover.

Recall that the rumours first started last week after reports surfaced that Beyoncé forced Vogue to break a tradition in their 126-year history by getting a black photographer to shoot her upcoming cover.

The singer allegedly recruited Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old artist from Atlanta, to photograph her upcoming September issue cover. And she also allegedly obtained full control over the cover from Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, something that had never been done before.

The much-anticipated issue of the magazine got published yesterday, and Wintour shot down all the speculation that Beyoncé had full control, noting that it was actually her and Condé Nast’s Corporate Creative Director, Raul Martinez who are responsible for Mitchell’s hiring.

“The concept and the photographer was entirely Vogue’s, specifically Raul’s,” Wintour told Business of Fashion.

Martinez also added that he first heard of Mitchell after seeing his work in March’s Teen Vogue digital cover where he photographed gun control activists.

So, when Beyoncé was presented with a list of photographers to work with for her shoot, she “immediately approved” Mitchell because of the historical implications that came with his hiring. Mitchell reportedly had previously photographed Solange.

Mitchell also confirmed this in his tweet yesterday. “The truth is Raul Martinez and Anna Wintour proposed and hired me for the Vogue shoot and Beyoncé quickly agreed,” he said.

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