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Portrait Of Beyoncé To Be Displayed At The Smithsonian

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The Smithsonian Institute has announced that it has acquired and plans on adding to its National Portrait Gallery one of the photos from Beyoncé's 2018 Vogue September issue, shot by Brooklyn-based photographer, Tyler Mitchell.

Mitchell, who became the first-ever black man to shoot a cover for Vogue, was revealed to have been specially selected by Queen Bey herself.

"Until there is a mosaic of perspectives coming from different ethnicities behind the lens, we will continue to have a narrow approach and view of what the world actually looks like," she shared in the issue. "It's important to me that I help open doors for younger artists."

To be added to the gallery's permanent collection, the photo features a radiant Beyoncé donning a metallic Valentino gown and a Philip Treacy headpiece shaped like the rays of the sun, as she coolly, but valiantly leans against a white pillar.

"A year ago today we broke the flood gates open," Mitchell shared on Instagram and Twitter. "Since then it was important to spend the whole year running through them making sure every piece of the gate was knocked down."

He added, "And now I'm glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection"

"We are delighted to acquire this magnificent portrait of Beyoncé," said Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs at the gallery.

Planning for the how and when of the event is underway.

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