Beyoncé’s Vogue takeover, shot by Tyler Mitchell, the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for the publication.

“There are many shades on every journey. Nothing is black or white. I’ve been through hell and back, and I’m grateful for every scar,” Beyoncé wrote in the publication. “I have experienced betrayals and heartbreaks in many forms. I have had disappointments in business partnerships as well as personal ones, and they all left me feeling neglected, lost, and vulnerable. Through it all I have learned to laugh and cry and grow. I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her. I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful.”

It was a beautiful and rare look at the soul of one of our favorite superstars.

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