Beyonce might be the September issue cover girl of Anna Wintour’s last Vogue

CFDA Fashion Awards 2018 in New York

For months now, “sources” have been insisting that we are living in the last days of Anna Wintour’s tenure as editor-in-chief of American Vogue. Page Six is one of the big outlets pushing this theory, but there have been other outlets claiming similar things too. The idea is that Anna wanted to wait until she got her daughter married off – which just happened a few weeks ago – and then Anna would step down for someone with a fresh vision. Or something. Reportedly, Wintour was going to announce her retirement by the end of this summer. It’s almost August. And it’s almost time for Vogue’s September issue, the most important issue of the year. So what say you now?!?

Beyoncé will be on the cover of Vogue’s September issue, fashion sources told Page Six. The singer was on the cover of the vaunted September issue in 2015, and has been on the cover of other Vogue issues in 2009 and 2013. In 2015, Mario Testino photographed Beyoncé, but Vogue did not interview the icon, who has increasingly controlled her image.

Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl that the issue could be Anna Wintour’s last. Reported WWD this month: “Numerous industry sources have insisted in recent weeks that Wintour is indeed set to leave her 30-year post as editor-in-chief of American Vogue, with the reveal of a soft exit thought to be coming after the all-important September issue.” Condé Nast has vehemently denied the rumors.

[From Page Six]

This would actually be very definition of going out on top: announcing her retirement in the editor’s letter of the September issue, with Beyonce on the cover. Beyonce covers always sell, and if Wintour somehow persuaded Bey to give a rare interview to go along with the cover shoot, that’s even bigger. It would also be an odd final message for Wintour’s last issue, considering her tenure has been marked by an overwhelmingly white parade of cover stars, with very few women of color ever invited to appear on the cover.

So do you think that’s what will happen? If Wintour goes, so be it. My gut says she’s not ready to go, but I’m open to the possibility that she’s being pushed out by Conde Nast corporate (even though Wintour has accumulated a lot of power at Conde Nast over the years). I also think that Wintour or no Wintour, Beyonce is a great choice for a September issue cover girl.

Beyonce and Jay Z open their world tour in Cardiff

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  1. Babs says:

    Aaaaah I LOVE Beyoncé’s editorials. I will buy!

  2. Ashley says:

    I would love to see fresh blood personally, something a la Radhika Jones at Vanity Fair!

  3. Carmen says:

    As far as I’m concerned, she can’t leave fast enough. She took a great fashion magazine and destroyed it. British Vogue is still pretty good but American Vogue has become a caricature of what it once was.

    • Betsy says:

      She really did, didn’t she? I’m fine with celebrities like Beyoncé being on the cover – she’s done stuff, she’s earned it. But Vogue is now all celebrities all the time. And it’s not Vanity Fair. I like models. I miss models. Models are good at modeling.

    • Mo’ Comments Mo’ Problems says:

      British Vogue was pretty white populated and denying racial representation until they appointed the recent editor. So, no…it’s not better. Vogue Paris, on the other hand, is.

  4. Loopy says:

    I hope Beyonce gives an interview at last. I think she was so fiercely guarded and in control of her image before ,but when pillow and elevator gate happened she just completely shut down and doeant want to address anything.

  5. Milla says:

    Hey as long as the cover and editorial photos look like Beyonce, i am good. Don’t over Photoshop her.

    • Betsy says:

      Yes! The odd times she’s been on the cover lately, she just looks weird. Let the woman have her power. She’s got so much oomph and they always just flatten her.

  6. Leapin' Lizards! says:

    so who is on the short list to replace wintour, i’ve not read anything. P.S. I absolutely love the can’t-kill-it-with-a-stick rumor that wintour had a baby with bob marley

  7. Miss Grace Jones says:

    I know it’s asking for the impossible, but I would love something with the babies. Love Blue, Rumi is precious and I love Sir’s already very prominent sideeyes. Something homey and tropical and family oriented(minus Jay Z) would be fun.

    • Betsy says:

      Oh my gosh, what if they were at their summer home (I assume they have several) and the kids were running around in the background while she was being fierce up front?

  8. Sandy says:

    I would love to see Beyonce on the cover for so many reasons, she is really guarded, it would be interesting to finally hear from her, her perspective on things.