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As a white woman and the wife of President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump never had to deal with controversial magazine covers — in large part because the liberal magazine industry ignored her.
But Kamala Harris, who will be the next vice president of the United States in a little more than a week, as scary as that concept may be, is another story, though Vogue is getting a little taste of the complexities of life in post-Obama America. Who knew groveling could be so complicated.
The Vogue cover features Harris in a black blazer, white top, tapered black pants and Converse sneakers — adoring media allies celebrate the shoes as part of her signature style. She stands against a green backdrop with pink fabric, which is seen as a nod to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
In a second Vogue cover, Harris is pictured wearing a powder-blue Michael Kors suit.
Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris is our February cover star!
Making history was the first step. Now Harris has an even more monumental task: to help heal a fractured America—and lead it out of crisis. Read the full profile: https://t.co/W5BQPTH7AU pic.twitter.com/OCFvVqTlOk
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) January 10, 2021
But it was the first cover that’s being widely criticized on social media, for a number of reasons, to include failing to accentuate the color of her skin.
The criticism includes calls for Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, 71, to step down — welcome to the world conservatives have lived in for the better part of the last two decades.
Anna Wintour needs to go. If the only time her team can properly style a black women is when she’s covered in couture then her tenure has ran it course. Look at how Kamala Harris’ Elle cover straight up bodied Vogue. Electric chair! pic.twitter.com/aBVZIho98P
— MVP Harris (@PTA_Daddy) January 10, 2021
But then, this is the cabal that was accustomed to eight years of fashion magazines bending over backwards to present Michelle Obama in a favorable light.
Adding to the fuss, journalist Yashar Ali, cited a source “familiar with the publication plans” to say the first photo of Harris isn’t the one agreed on by her team and Vogue’s team.
2. 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.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 10, 2021
Ali said the photo of Harris wearing the powder-blue suit was mutually picked by both teams.
“So folks feel blindsided this evening,” he added.
4. Here is the Vogue cover Kamala Harris’ team thought would be released.
I’m told this cover on the left will be the digital cover, but the much maligned cover on the right has already gone to print and will be the cover available for sale and sent to subscribers. pic.twitter.com/5eWjPMTbdP
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 10, 2021
Her early rise in politics has been linked to an extramarital affair she had as a young, ambitious deputy district attorney with then-60-year-old Willie Brown, the mayor of San Francisco, and Harris accomplished little as a senator, other than a spectacularly failed attempt to run for president as the female Barack Obama.
There are concerns that she was selected for little more than the color of her skin and her gender. Yet, one heart beat away from the Oval Office — a 78-year-old heart at that — the left’s biggest concern is her appearance, which sums things up fairly well in the United States of America in the year 2021.
Here’s a broad sampling of the responses from Twitter, which proves the more the left is in control, the more complicated society becomes:
What a mess up. Anna Wintour must really not have Black friends and colleagues. https://t.co/8oCpEPkltU
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 10, 2021
@voguemagazine this is our Generation! @KamalaHarris I had a pair of @Converse in middle school! #1984 now this is the #BRAND #GENZ WANTS! My daughter WANT’s #CONVERSE I wear leggings with a jacket like that because I’M COMFORTABLE!
Bravo #vogue it sets a example #reality #2021 pic.twitter.com/MJZ542m0wQ
— Dr. Zhivago (@DrZhivagoGlobal) January 10, 2021
Vogue knows Kamala Harris loves her sorority, suits, comfortable pants and chuck taylors. So they just jumbled it all together for the cover. Except they couldn’t decide whether she is going to a luxe French salon, the Senate floor, or taking a jog. pic.twitter.com/FDNBbcw8tR
— E. Vaughan (@HypeVaughan) January 10, 2021
One of these covers is better than the other. https://t.co/9zQpJTUSN3
— Anya Georgijevic (@AnyaGeo) January 10, 2021
Folks who don’t get why the Vogue cover of VP-elect Kamala Harris is bad are missing the point. The pic itself isn’t terrible as a pic. It’s just far, far below the standards of Vogue. They didn’t put thought into it. Like homework finished the morning it’s due. Disrespectful.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 10, 2021
Why are you yet again lighting a WOC like she’s under a lamp waiting to go out to a table at Chili’s?
— Gee when we gonna get them out? (@ggwhen) January 10, 2021
Why do you have her in sneakers with my Sorority colors as backdrop?? This is DISRESPECTFUL to Kamala, my Sorors, and to black people! In no way this is how you shoot the first black VP or any VP for that matter. Pull it now!!!
— Lynn (@shuluver1908) January 10, 2021
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