OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Anna Wintour defended Vouge’s decision regarding the “disrespectful” cover photo of Kamala Harris, according to The Daily Wire.
“Harris and her team are at odds with the high-fashion magazine’s editorial team over their decision to select a casual photo of the vice president-elect for their next magazine cover instead of a more formal photo that they feel casts Harris in a better, more professional light.”
“[A]ccording to a source familiar with the publication plans, this is not the cover that the Vice President-elect’s team expected,” journalist Yashar Ali said. “In the cover that they expected, Vice President-elect Harris was wearing a powder blue suit. That was the cover that the Vice President-elect’s team and the Vogue team, including Anna Wintour, mutually agreed upon…which is standard for fashion magazines.”
It was “was absolutely not our intention to in any way diminish the importance of the Vice President-elect’s incredible victory,” Wintour said.
“When the two images arrived at Vogue, all of us felt very, very strongly that the less formal portrait of the Vice President-elect really reflected the moment that we were living in,” Wintour said.
“We are in the midst…of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute, and we felt to reflect this tragic moment in global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible, and approachable, and really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign …”
Wintour insists that Harris looks “fantastic,” regardless.
From The Daily Wire:
Vogue eventually caved to the criticism, however, and made the second cover, where Harris is wearing a powder-blue tailored suit and is shown in a powerful, arms-crossed pose in front of a background that looks vaguely like the Oval Office, the cover of its digital edition of the magazine. CNN also notes that there is “talk” of issuing a second edition of the magazine, with the powder-blue suit cover replacing the more casual photo.
The controversy, though, has done little to improve Wintour’s — and Vogue’s — reputation for featuring women of color. Both The New York Times and The Guardian recently dinged Wintour and Vogue for “racism,” pointing to claims that Wintour fostered a “racist” work environment and promoted a “thin, rich, and white” aesthetic to the detriment of people of color generally.
— Advertisement —
Wintour, of course, is hardly a conservative. She bundled so much for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns that she was rumored to be his choice as United States ambassador to the United Kingdom. That role eventually went to another.