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If one thinks of a queen[1] in terms of chess, it is the only piece that can move anywhere on the board and is the most powerful component of the game. Enter Beyoncé while she gracefully poses on the cover of Vogue’s upcoming September issue. The headline, “Just B Beyoncé and the Art of Global Domination” eloquently sums up her tenure as a constant game changer, icon, and winner.

Vogue released online snippets of photos and videos of the starlet in the upcoming editorial. Margo Jefferson covered the story and shared were some insights from designers who know her on an intimate level. Of her chameleon like aesthetic that keeps her image a new and refreshed one quote read, “In an age when roles and styles morph as quickly as computer images, she’s a shape-shifting virtuoso. She can evoke Rita Hayworth or Naomi Campbell, flappers and B-girls.”

Additionally, it is hard to place her in a box as Marc Jacobs wonderfully put it, “The word diva is used for so many female performers, and it often means they have reputations for being difficult, but she exudes charm and a lovable quality.”

Just as the queen dominates a game of chess from the opening[2] to the endgame[3], Queen Bey effortlessly dominates focusing not on her opponents, if those even exist in her head, but on making as many quiet moves [4]across the board as possible. As Stella McCartney put it, “Her appeal crosses art forms, genders, and generations.” Checkmate.

 

The issue officially hits newsstands August 25. For now, check more out at Vogue.com.

[1] The queen is the most powerful piece in the game of chess, able to move any number of squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Source

[2] An opening is defined by one player’s moves, which can be played generally regardless of the moves of the opponent. Source

[3] The stage of the game when there are few pieces left on the board. Source

[4] A move that does not attack or capture an enemy piece. Source

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