A Beyoncé portrait will be immortalized in the Smithsonian.
“Were just so crazy in love with her that we had to do it!” The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery tweeted. “We look forward to adding this new work to our collection.”
A photo of Beyoncé in Vogue’s September 2018 issue will be added to the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. Her photographer for the shoot, Tyler Mitchell, became the first Black photographer to shoot a Vogue cover.
“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,” Beyoncé told Vogue. “Clearly that has been proven a myth. Not only is an African American on the cover of the most important month of Vogue, this is the first ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer.”
“A year ago today we broke the flood gates open. Now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection,” Mitchell tweeted.
The National Portrait Gallery is in Washington, D.C. The museum hasn’t yet said when Beyoncé’s photo will be installed.