Beyoncé will now have her portrait in a museum after it was announced that one of her photos is being acquired into the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.
The photo came from a collection shot by African-American photographer, Tyler Mitchell whom Beyoncé specifically asked to work with.
With that, Tyler became the first African American photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue.
When asked why she plopped for Tyler, Beyoncé said: “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,
“That is why I wanted to work with this brilliant 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell.”
The singer who was speaking for her Vogue cover continued: “When I first started, 21 years ago, I was told that it was hard for me to get onto covers of magazines because black people did not sell. Clearly, that has been proven a myth.… 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.”
Tyler himself was quite excited about the news and he took to his Instagram to also talk about the achievement, saying: “A year ago today we broke the flood gates open. Since then it was important to spend the whole year running through them making sure every piece of the gate was knocked down. And now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection”
It is an impressive feat for the 24-year-old and with this great success it is expected that more and more wins will come his way.