Kennedi Carter, 21 years old, the youngest photographer to shoot British Vogue cover, took pictures of Beyonce for the December issue. She was interviewed by Vogue chief editor Edward Enniful. The musician, fashion designer and producer said over Zoom call that events of 2020 made her feel “absolutely changed”.
Beyonce has spoken on the topic of ambitions, as her song from the album released in 2013 “pretty hurts” is about the difficulty of being a perfectionist. The message that she tried to convey was about finding the beauty in imperfection, as Beyonce said in the official video about album making.
Speaking to Vogue’s editor, the singer mentioned that she focuses on Black and African culture in her work in recent years, she attributes this dedication to the birth of her first child in 2012, Blue Ivy.
The magazine cover coincides with the release of Beyonce’s Ivy Park collaboration with Adidas, she wears the items of these brands collaboration for the photoshoot of Vogue. Two years ago Beyonce cut ties with Phillip Green, the Topshop boss, after he was blamed for sexual, physical and racial abuse, even though he denied these claims.
Last time Beyonce appeared on the Vogue cover in 2013. In recent years, the musician barely made any appearances in the press. In 2018, Beyonce wrote her personal story for Vogue that related to her difficulties with giving birth to her twins in 2017. She insisted that Vogue hired the photographer of African-American origin by the name Tyler Mitchel.
Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, recently commented that there are not enough African-Americans featuring Vogue photos. However, she praised the 2020 September edition, where there were articles about Black activists who also featured on the magazine cover. There were mentions of the model Adwoa Aboah and the football player Marcus Rashford. Also the pictures of the edition were taken by the African-American photographer Missan Harriman.