A report claiming Beyonce was chosen for the cover of Vogue's September issue after Meghan Markle passed on the offer is completely untrue. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk the claim. Official spokespeople for the magazine confirm it's false.
According to Naughty Gossip, however, Beyonce "has no idea" that she "was the second choice for the issue" after the Duchess of Sussex supposedly rejected it. An alleged insider tells the blog that several Vogue insiders are aware "that Anna Wintour really, really wanted Meghan," adding, "She wanted to do the first official cover and interview with the new Royal."
The supposed source further contends that Wintour "offered to shoot the pictures anywhere Meghan wanted and would be willing to personally go to London herself to oversee the shoot and interview." The suspicious tipster adds, "Anna was even happy to allow Meghan to decide what photographer she wanted. But, she said no, so the magazine moved onto pop royalty."
The website's story is coming from an anonymous, untraceable and seemingly nonexistent "source," but Gossip Cop reached out to Vogue spokespeople qualified to speak on behalf of the magazine. We're told Beyonce was the only choice for the September cover and the blog's premise is "total nonsense." Unfortunately, the tabloids Star and OK!, as well as RadarOnline, clearly didn't do any fact-checking, as they spread the phony story online as well.
Meanwhile, Wintour admitted she gave Beyonce a lot of control over the editorial content, more so than other Vogue cover stars are normally given. According to Business of Fashion, and confirmed by Wintour, the singer worked with editors to ensure that the feature accompanying her interview would be written in "her own words." The legendary editor-in-chief even told the website, "Who is better to write about Beyonce than Beyonce?"
The singer was also provided with a selection of photographers and got approval over who was hired to shoot the cover. If Beyonce were truly the second fiddle, it's hard to believe she would be given so much authority over Vogue's September issue, which is considered its biggest of the year.
It should be noted, Beyonce was also featured on the cover of the September 2015 issue of Vogue. Wintour later explained on the magazine's podcast why she wanted the singer for the coveted position. "I think Beyonce is every woman," said the editor-in-chief. "She's superwoman, she's an extraordinary business woman, she's a force of fashion. She totally understands the way to communicate to millions and millions of fans." Wintour clearly has a ton of respect for Beyonce and is proud to make her the September cover star.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.