Beyoncé Portrait to Be Displayed at the National Portrait Gallery

The famous photo for Vogue will be a part of the permanent collection

August 7, 2019

How long does it take to make history?

Beyoncé will once again grace the walls of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., this time with a photo from Vogue’s September 2018 issue.

The photo was shot by Tyler Mitchell, who at the time was just 23-years-old and the first person of color to shoot the cover for the legendary magazine.

“A year ago today we broke the flood gates open. Since then it was important to spend the whole year running through them making sure every piece of the gate was knocked down” Mitchell wrote on Tuesday. “Now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.”

The pictures accompanied a piece from the singer, discussing body acceptance and her journey through fame. “"I’ve been through hell and back, and I’m grateful for every scar" she confessed.

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The picture from Mitchell will be in the gallery alongside presidential portraits and other historical works. However, it’s not the first photo of Bey to make it into the gallery.

The album cover for Beyoncé’s 2003 solo debut, Dangerously In Love, also is a part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery.