The highly anticipated September 2015 issue is currently available at your local newsstand, but if you were hoping to hear from Beyoncé, you’ll be very disappointed.
The Grammy Award-winning singer doesn’t utter one word in the issue. In fact, cover story writer Margo Jefferson was never even in contact with her team.
“It was definitely posed to me as … call it a think piece, if you want,” Jefferson told the New York Times. “I had no contact with her camp.”
In place of what would typically be an interview, Jefferson penned a short essay on the music icon’s star power. The editorial decision to feature Bey is a huge deal considering that for the past five years, every cover subject of the publication has offered some form of an interview. However, it appears that it was ultimately Mrs. Carter’s decision to go mute for this issue. In fact, a member of her team told a reporter that despite numerous public appearances, the singer hasn’t answered a direct question from a reporter in over a year.
“She has to be studying how effective her interviews have been so far. She may have decided that they do not contribute as dazzlingly to the portrait of Beyoncé as the other stuff. It’s a perfectly reasonable decision,” said Jefferson.
The Vogue writer adds that having seen the singer’s HBO documentary, Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream, she’s not the least bit shocked by the decision.
“I’m not at all surprised. That is a deeply micromanaged documentary,” she said.
Honestly, after the initial shock wore off, I had to admit that I’m not too stunned by any of this either. Beyoncé has been making her own rules for quite some time now, and let’s also not forgot how deeply she’s criticized anytime she does decide to say anything.