Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Tyler Mitchell became the first black photographer, to shoot for the cover of photographing US Vogue's September issue, featuring Beyonce Knowles -Carter
In an article previously published on FEMM, the credit creeped onto the photographer's website, but there were no public sources to confirm the credit. Last week, with the direction of Beyonce herself, US Vogue released their September fashion issue.
As director of the September cover, Beyonce hand picked Mitchell, 23, an up and coming photographer to shoot her cover. Over the past week, Mitchell has gained thousands of followers and has received a massive amount of praise from the creative and community. Beyonce gave an extensive interview to Vogue, that held such meaning, especially to the black community:
"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,...Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lense, 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," Beyoncé - (Vogue 2018)
Mitchell was also featured on Vogue around the same time the September issue was released. In the article, Mitchell spoke about his first camera (Digital SLR Canon), his start in film making. He is now among some of the youngest photographers to work with Vogue in decades, but he is well aware of the impact of the history he has created:
“For so long, black people have been considered things,” he adds. “We’ve been thingified physically, sexually, emotionally. With my work I’m looking to revitalize and elevate the black body.”
Since the cover, Mitchell posted most of the photos from Vogue on his Instagram account, and also announce a casting call for a video project he is working on call "A Boy Who Eats Cake". View Tyler Mitchell's full portfolio on his website.
The 400-page September issue typically features and sets the tone for fashion for the upcoming season. This year Rihanna posed in her own contribution to fashion, "Fenty Beauty". Rihanna is not the only one making history, reports say that Beyonce has assumed most of the control for the Vogue's September issue. (See Below)
Beyonce is reportedly running the show for Vogue US with the permission of highly respected Vogue Editor-In-Chief, Anna Wintour. Though it has not been confirmed by Queen Bey herself, and the September issue has not been released, Huff Po reports that Vogue will be utilizing their first black photographer this century, Tyler Mitchell. Mitchel has credits with Teen Vogue, Dazed, and as his website reflects, VOGUE US.
Kizzie Frank - Arts and Entertainment Editor
With #Metoo and gender equality movement running full steam, Kylie Jenner, founder of Kylie Cosmetics, graced the front page of Forbes magazine and was described as "self made". Forbes continues on: “welcome to the era of extreme fame leverage”, indicating awareness of their “self made” pick. While the cover generated overwhelming support, others questioned what the term self made means to Forbes.
Most recognize the phrase as a description of some one who comes from nothing and rises to the top on their own. Ms. Jenner, while undoubtedly dedicated to her brand, came from a ridiculous amount of money and influence. The obvious two, her mother, Kendall Jenner, and sister, Kim Kardashian-West.
("Go Fund-Me" to raise money to help Jenner get to 1 billion)
To be clear, Forbes defines “self-made” as someone who built a company or established a fortune on her own, rather than inheriting some or all of it. As long as the list member didn’t inherit a business or money, she is labeled self-made. But the term is very broad, and does not adequately reflect how far some people have come and, relatively speaking, how much easier others have had it. - Forbes explains
Forbes explained their scoring system that ranks wealthy Americans 1-10 in terms of "how self made they are". This year, for example, Oprah Winfrey grew up poor and continuously faced hardships came in at number 10 on the scale. Ms. Jenner came in at number seven and just so happened to get the cover of Forbes. Ultimately, the term "self made" describes wealthy Americans from a broad range of backgrounds. No one person is entirely self-made since the world calls for anyone successful to have some sort of support system.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
When Solange Knowles released her album, A Seat at the Table, she created her own platform to explore more forms of art. During her concerts, like many performers, she included a group of dancers. Unbeknownst to the public her performances were a form of visual art. these performances seem to have birthed the 2018 art exhibit Metatronia (Metatronia's Cube) Like her performances that typically accompany her song, "Weary", she and a group of performers dance harmonious in one or two colors, whether it be all white, black, red, etc.
Her art exhibit premiered at Hammer Museum (UCLA) in April of this year and is available to view online. Solange describes the exhibit as: "building frequency and creating charge through visual storytelling." It included pieces of simple, visually pleasing architecture and color blocking.
The fashion industry took notice in her visual art, including her in multiple magazines like Billboard, Glamour, Cultured, and Dazed. Most of the photos honor her nostalgic and edgy style. She was recently honored for her "commitment to supporting future generations of designers" by Parsons School of Design at the 70th Parsons Benefit.
There has not been any recent news on what Solange is planning to do musically, but she is certainly leaving her mark in the fashion and art industry.
Kizzie Frank - Arts & Entertainment Editor
Celebrities arrived Met Gala 2018 adorned with jewels and regal clothing in honor of this year's theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”. One’s first thought would probably be to expect everyone to show up in robes and pope-esque headpieces. Crowns and head pieces did, indeed, reign supreme.
Attendees, of course, had difference interpretations of Catholic Imagination: some heavy in crowns, resembling monarchy and grandeur, and others focusing on religion. Obviously there are too many stars to go through looks one by one, but I have congregated a few that caught my eye.
The first artist of note would be Rihanna; she wore wore a custom Margiela mitre and mini-dress to honor the theme. She attended this year as co-host to Anna Wintour, Donatella Versace and Amal Clooney. Solange Knowles rocked a braided halo that is similar to one she’s worn before in her artwork. Madonna walked the carpet in crown and black veil. Crosses made a bold appearance, particularly on Jennifer Lopez’s chest. Cardi B attended her first MET gala in full on pregnancy glow. She too rocked a head piece with her hair blown out to perfection. Reminiscent of Mother Mary. Sarah Jessica Parker showed with blown out hair and a fabulous train possibly a statement as the Queen of Hearts, topped with an intricate crown.
(2 Chainz proposed finally proposed. Congratulations to 2 Chainz and his new fiancé!)
According to Vogue, This year’s exhibition is the largest for Met Gala and is the first time papal vestments have been on display outside of Vatican City. Those pieces however, were displayed in a separate space from “newer” fashions. The space was also reported to be the largest ever.
Hey Femm Readers, Its Le'Chae and I am back with another fashion post. In todays reads I will be talking about Sarah Jessica Parker; Is she channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw? I don't know about you guys but I binge watch Sex and The City every chance I get. To be honest this show made me fall in love with Fashion and Journalism; you should already know Carrie was my favorite character of the bunch. From her out of the box style, to the way she popped open her laptop that sat in the middle of her desk by the window to tell the tales of her everyday life endeavors intrigued me.
Oh Sarah; No cut that, I am going to refer to her as Carrie because she is definitely channeling her early 2000s character. She is pictured in the photo above wearing hot pink socks on top of neon pink pumps paired with a floral dress, and a navy blue velvet blazer. And to top off this ensemble she paired this looked with orange/bronze backpack from the Brunello Cucinelli collection. This look is definitely giving me pop art vibes; a combination of I am about business but I am hella fun to play with.
I want to see Sarah Jessica Parker channeling this person more. The Carrie ego gives her an edge, it gives her sass, and it gives her more confidence to try out new things and know that even if it don't look good trust me it will look good.