Beyoncé hasn’t appeared on a Lucky cover (yet…), but she has nabbed coveted cover spots on a number of other equally awesome magazines. And in this post-BeyMAs era, it’s only fair that Beyoncé expand her publication repertoire to include today’s high-fashion players, too.
First up: a very editorial cover shoot for the upcoming issue of Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book, which hits newsstands on Beyoncé’s birthday, September 4 (better known in some circles as “B-Day”). The issue—CR‘s biggest ever!—includes double covers, both of which portray a Yohji Yamamoto-clad Queen B in nearly identical poses. The only difference? She wears a Kanye West-type mask—complete with three pink puffs—on the back cover.
A hand-picked Beyoncé favorite, Pierre Debusschere, photographed the full shoot, while Roitfeld, obviously, styled it. From the six shots we’ve seen, it’s a good one: there’s a Chanel surfboard (or rather, “surfbort”) involved, plus an ankle-length Céline coat and Comme des Garçons leggings.
But, here’s the kicker: in lieu of an ordinary cover story, Beyoncé wrote a poem—a freaking poem—which was then “remixed” by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Forrest Gander. It’s called “Bey the Light.” You can read it above.
Want to get a first glimpse of the shoot? Click through the slideshow above.