Sometimes it feels like Beyoncé is everywhere. On blogs, all across social media, on our radios, blaring from the speakers in the gym. Despite Bey’s attempted takeover of our lives, apparently she’s been snubbing the press.
I know what you’re thinking–#bishwhere? (thanks Rihanna).
Few months go by without Beyoncé showing up on the cover of a magazine, so she’s not exactly hiding out.
But for the past few years Beyoncé’s appearances on international publications have been missing one, big thing: an actual interview.
he biggest Vogue of the year, the vaunted September issue (832 pages, four pounds, three ounces), is now on the stands. On its cover is arguably the biggest star of the moment, Beyoncé.
…But inside Vogue’s September issue, Beyoncé says not a word.
The magazine’s photo shoot with her is accompanied instead by a short essay on her star quality by Margo Jefferson, who won a Pulitzer for criticism while at The New York Times. “It was definitely posed to me as … call it a think piece if you want,” said Ms. Jefferson, reached by phone. “I had no contact with her camp.”
While it’s unusual for Vogue–and most magazines–to put someone on the cover without an interview, it’s business as usual for Bey.
Apparently, Beyoncé stopped giving interviews a few years ago, and now only answers questions via email Q&A, or for a taped TV segment.
More from the NYT:
If she is avoiding the news media, it is not avoiding her. Her music scales the charts, and her media domination continues on her terms. In her not-talking mode, she has appeared on the covers of, and in lavish photo shoots, for Time, Out, CR Fashion Book and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. For these magazines, working around a silent star has required dexterity. CR Fashion Book had the poet Forrest Gander “remix” written statements from her into a kind of free verse. Out profiled her team, the long-serving and devoted operators of the Beyoncé machine (and was granted a Q. and A. with her by email).
Beyoncé may be keeping the media at bay, but she’s been sharing more of herself directly with fans on social media.
Over the past few years Beyoncé’s written open letters to First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughter, penned an essay on the gender equality, shared her support for the Charleston shooting victims and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and donated money to bail out protestors in Baltimore.
Whether Beyoncé will continue to snub the media is unclear, but one thing is certain–she’s still communicating with her super supportive fans. And really, that’s all that matters, isn’t it?
Image Credits: Vogue