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.
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.
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