As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, people are up in arms over the recent Vogue cover (above) featuring incoming Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Harris, herself, is said to be ‘extremely disappointed’ with the image chosen, which shows her posing in an incredibly casual setting, wearing a shiny black jacket, white T-shirt, and Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers.
She is pictured in front of swathes of green and pink fabric, which looks like she somehow wandered onto the Bridgeton set in her workout clothes…
The image was quickly condemned by social media users, who insisted that “the low-quality photo fell short of Vogue’s usual style standards,” with some accusing the publication of ‘white-washing’ Harris’ skin.
Wintour claimed in her statement that all of the Vogue staffers who worked on the Harris cover agreed that the image chosen was the best representation of ‘the moment that we are living in’.
‘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 which we are all in the midst — as we still are — of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute,’ she said.
Wintour went on to describe the cover image as being ‘very, very accessible and approachable and real’, saying that it ‘really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign’.
‘Obviously we have heard and understood the reaction to the print cover and I just want to reiterate that it was absolutely not our intention to, in any way, diminish the importance of the Vice President-Elect’s incredible victory,’ she said, before adding: ‘There was no formal agreement about what the choice of the cover would be.’
However Harris and her team did not agree – with a source suggesting that the VP-elect privately agreed with much of the online criticism of the cover shot.
‘She is… they are of course extremely disappointed with the photo,’ the source said, however they declined to denounce specific aspects of the cover.
The insider added that Harris had thought her preferred image – which shows the VP-elect in a powder blue suit – would be used on the cover, and said she was only made aware that the more ‘casual’ photo of her wearing Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers had been swapped in when the cover was leaked online.
Many online critics of the shoot were in agreement that the second cover was far more suitable and flattering, raising questions about why it was shifted to the front of the digital issue.
I agree. Do you?