Beyoncé Gets Shockingly Real About Her Career, Body, and Legacy

Aemilia Madden

After much speculation, the cover of Vogue's September issue is finally here, featuring Beyoncé in all her glory. The set of two covers and accompanying spread was shot by 23-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, a purposeful statement made by both Beyoncé and the magazine. "Not only is an African American on the cover of the most important month for Vogue," the singer told Clover Hope. "This is the first-ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer."

Inside the issue, Beyoncé shares in an essay-format piece her thoughts on everything from her pregnancies and her changing body to her personal journey, sharing intimacies rarely revealed by the usually private star. Beyoncé also discusses how as she finds confidence and power in her success, she finds it important to open the doors for those who follow her. She says, "If people in powerful positions continue to hire and cast only people who look like them, sound like them, come from the same neighbourhoods they grew up in, they will never have a greater understanding of experiences different from their own."

Read on now for a look at the shoot from the September issue of Vogue and for more of what Beyoncé had to say about her career, body image, and her family.

Opening image credits: Tyler Mitchell/Vogue

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