Werq! The cover for Vogue‘s biggest issue of the year, the September issue, was revealed on Thursday, Aug. 13, and it features none other than international superstar Beyonce.
The image, shot by legendary fashion photographer and Vogue’s in-house shutterbug, Mario Testino, shows Beyonce in a body-hugging lavender lace dress embellished with floral appliqués.
The singer swings a sparkly purple blazer over one shoulder and rests her hand on another chair as she stares down the lens with her usual ferocity. She also sports a tousled wet hairstyle — perhaps as an ode to her “Drunk in Love” music video.
“Just B,” Vogue‘s cover line reads. “Beyonce and the Art of Global Domination.” It’s unclear exactly what Beyonce is currently promoting as there are no known big immediate projects in the works. (However, the singer’s last studio album dropped unexpectedly in late 2013.)
Vogue also released a video from the shoot, featuring a playful Beyonce posing provocatively for Testino. In other snaps, the singer goes without underwear in a see-through netted black mesh dress, and gracefully walks up and down the halls of an estate in patent leather Louboutins.
This is Beyonce’s third time gracing the cover of the fashion Bible. Her first time landing the cover was in April 2009, and her second was for the magazine’s March 2013 issue.
She makes history, however, this time around as Vogue‘s September issue cover star: Beyonce is the third black woman in the history of the magazine to appear on the cover for the month, joining the ranks of supermodel Naomi Campbell and Oscar winner Halle Berry.
The September issue hits stands on Aug. 25.
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