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Beyoncé Takes Record Control Over Vogue's September Issue And Commissions A Black Photographer For Her Cover Shoot Because Somehow That’s Still Never Happened

The magazine has been around for 126 years.

Everyone is going wild for Beyoncé’s latest power move because no matter how much of a boss she already is, Queen Bey always manages to up her game and amaze us all.

According to HuffPost, Beyoncé is taking on a groundbreaking level of control over her cover shoot in the upcoming September Issue of Vogue.

It’s typically the year’s most anticipated issue and it’s rumoured to be Anna Wintour’s last as Editor-in-Chief. And for the first time in history, the cover will reportedly be shot by a black photographer – thanks to Beyoncé.

It makes total sense that this unprecedented honour would go to Beyoncé. She’s a powerful creative force and diligent about having control over her own public image and narrative.

It’s also very like Beyoncé to both outdo Vogue and use her power to platform black artists by enlisting the 23-year-old photographer, Tyler Mitchell, for her cover shoot.

It will be the first time the cover has been shot by a black photographer in Vogue’s 126 years of existence, which is both exciting and upsetting because that is ground that should have been broken a long, long time ago.

Apparently Yoncé will have total control over her photos that appear both inside and on the cover of the magazine. She’ll also take care of her own captions, which she will reportedly write in long-form.

So while she won’t be doing an interview, this is well and truly the Beyoncé show. And the Beyoncé show is always important.

So cheers to Beyoncé for consistently being the change the world needs. Who run the world? (Bey).

Beyoncé Is Releasing A Balmain Collection Based On Her Coachella Costumes Because Beychella Is The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Balmain is bringing Yoncé's Coachella wardrobe to the people and the proceeds will go towards helping students of colour attend college.

Beyoncé’s headlining set at 2018 Coachella was so iconic we renamed the whole damn festival Beychella.

To honour the inspiration behind Beyonce’s custom-made Balmain Coachella wardrobe, Bey and Balmain have announced they are releasing a collection based off the college-themed costumes.

The limited-edition, charitable Balmain x Beyoncé collection launches worldwide on July 14 and features monogrammed ‘BK’ hoodies and shirts black, yellow and pink to match those sported by Queen Bey on stage. You can get yourself a piece of Beychella (and a piece of history) on balmain.com and beyonce.com.

The costumes were heavily inspired by the marching band uniforms of America’s historically black colleges and universities, and Beyoncé donated $100,000 to four historically black colleges after her Coachella set.

To follow up, the proceeds of the Balmain collection will benefit the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) – helping students of colour to attend college.

“The donation was the main goal of this collaboration,” says Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing. “We don’t forget where we come from.”

Rousteing says it was a response to the “need to repay an obvious debt for the inspiration we received from the signature spirit and legacy of America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).”

So all rejoice the Beychella-inspired line for honouring black culture, great style, and our one and only queen, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

Seeing Pregnant Women Being Pregnant And Excelling At Work Is Finally Confirming That It's Not A Death Sentence For Your Career

The age-old misconception that mothers must be mothers and mothers only is getting buried, one high-profile pregnancy at a time.

In the march towards women’s rights, people with a celebrity platform have the power to shape conversations and change perceptions.

The very public pregnancies of powerful women like Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Cardi B and New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern make the case loud and clear that we can be both mothers and workers.

For a world that that has yet to shed the weight of archaic gender roles, seeing pregnancy anywhere except inside the home is still strangely transgressive.

Discrimination against women in the workplace is still rife in Australia (as everywhere), with about half of working mothers facing discrimination during pregnancy, parental leave or their return to work.

This week, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made headlines and history after giving birth to a baby girl, making her the second world leader in modern history to give birth while in office.

During the election Ardern drew attention for denouncing interviewers who probed about whether she planned to have children if elected, saying it’s “unacceptable” to ask any woman if motherhood will interfere with work or vice versa.

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From the public announcement of her pregnancy to the public announcement of her daughter’s birth, Ardern has been completely unapologetic about choosing to have both a family and a career.

“I am not the first woman to multitask,” she said earlier this year in an interview with Radio New Zealand. “I am not the first woman to work and have a baby; there are many women who have done this before.”

The representation of those women from these platforms of power brings the world closer to accepting that women absolutely can do it all, if that’s their choice.

Another woman that has very openly embraced pregnancy and motherhood into her path to success is Cardi B.

The sudden take off of Cardi B’s music career has made her one of the biggest and most beloved celebrities in the world, and she has been adamant that having her baby will not slow her down or puncture her rising stardom.

Not only is Cardi B defiantly career-driven while pregnant, she’s also defiantly sexy. She revealed her pregnancy by performing on Saturday Night Live in a custom Christian Siriano dress that showed off all her curves, including her very prominent baby bump.

The right to be sexual is something society traditionally strips away from pregnant women, but Cardi continues to perform her iconically sex-positive raps on stage and be her same damn self while with child. Because hell yes we can.

Serena Williams is another cultural icon whose pregnancy became an international symbol of female strength. The tennis star made waves after revealing that she had won the 2017 Australian Open while several months pregnant, without so much as dropping a set.

Then we of course have Beyoncé, who has folded motherhood into her godlike image – from her iconic pregnancy announcements to performing on stage at the 2017 Grammys looking like a goddess with child.

Queen Bey has made a clear representation of pregnancy as something worthy of worship and respect and that makes an impact.

The list of powerful women putting motherhood in the spotlight goes on, and includes brave mothers like former Australian Senator Larissa Waters – who was the first person to breastfeed in Federal Parliament.

Their boldness is changing perspectives and moving us forward.

While seeing prominent women continue to excel as mothers demonstrates the incredible strength and resilience of mothers, the flipside is that this can feel like a very high bar set for others to multitask motherhood and work. So it’s important to remember that while women can work and parent, they don’t have to.

Pregnancy and motherhood is already a lot to take on board and even more so depending on the relative privilege of the family. Not everyone has the opportunity to choose both work and parenting.

Obviously not you, Kourtney.

But overall, having high profile women show the world that we can be both mothers and our own people benefits us all. Bit by bit, we’re burying the notion that becoming a mother makes you weaker, and acknowledging the undeniable strength of women, and the power to choose how we manage motherhood as just one part of who we are and what we do.

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