Breonna Taylor Covers 'Vanity Fair's September Issue, Titled "The Great Fire"
The portrait was drawn by artist Amy Sherald, who also painted the official portrait of Michelle Obama.
More than five months since Breonna Taylor’s tragic death, many are continuing to fight for racial justice through the Black Lives Matter movement. For its latest cover, Vanity Fair has tapped artist Amy Sherald for a portrait of the late 26-year-old.
On March 13, Taylor, a Black emergency medical technician, was shot and killed while asleep in her apartment. As protests began across the United States following the death of George Floyd late May, Taylor has become one of the most well-known faces of the social justice movement.
This time around, Vanity Fair is highlighting activism and power for its September issue. The cover arrives in an ocean blue shade, with a portrait of Taylor wearing a dress of the same color. The cover story, titled “A Beautiful Life” and written by guest editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, depicts Taylor’s death through the eyes of her mother. “I don’t know how else to comprehend the jackboots bashing in Breonna Taylor’s door and spraying her home with bullets, except the belief that they were fighting some Great Fire — demonic, unnatural, inhuman,” the writer commented.
You can head over to Vanity Fair‘s Instagram feed to learn more about “The Great Fire” issue.