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This Iconic Photo Of Beyoncé Is Headed To The Smithsonian

It'll be the second photo of the singer in the museum

by Tembe Denton-Hurst

When news broke that Tyler Mitchell, a 24-year-old photographer, would be photographing Beyoncé for Vogue's September 2018 issue, the internet hummed in excitement. It was the first time a Black photographer would shoot a cover photo for U.S. Vogue and, as such, marked a significant moment for the heritage publication.

Now, one of the most iconic photos from the shoot is being acquired by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and will become part of the museum's permanent collection. "A year ago today we broke the flood gates open," the photographer shared in a tweet, along with the photo. To this, the National Portrait Gallery replied, "We're just so crazy in love with her that we had to do it! ✨ We look forward to adding this new work to our collection," along with a GIF of Queen Bey.

The museum also wrote a separate tweet in response to Mitchell: "Our mission is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape this nation's history, development, and culture."

Naturally, social media is curious about when the iconic photo will be on display, but, at this time, no date has been set. In the meantime, you can view a portrait of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" cover, which is already on view.