After a four year hiatus of first ladies gracing the cover of the fashion magazine, Dr Jill Biden is on the cover of August Vogue.
Biden, who posed for the pictures this spring at the White House, wears a navy, floral Oscar de la Renta dress for the cover shot, leaning on the balcony overlooking the South Lawn. They were shot by Annie Leibovitz and the story is by Jonathan Van Meter.
Biden told Van Meter she is overwhelmed with initiatives she wants to tackle during her tenure.
“When I became second lady — and there was so much I wanted to do — I always said, ‘I will never waste this platform,’…
And now I have a bigger platform and I feel every day, like …. what could I give up? That I would want to give up? Nothing.”
A first lady in the pages of Vogue, and/or on the cover, has –for the last several decades– become an American publishing tradition; almost every modern first lady has been photographed for the magazine. The exception was Melania Trump, whose tenure in the White House was tied to the controversies of her husband.
Editor Anna Wintour was vocal about her thoughts on Trump, using her editorial note in the March 2020 issue of Vogue to endorse Biden for president, pointing to the 45th President’s “dishonesty,” and “shocking lack of empathy.”
In a 2019 interview when asked specifically about Melania Trump’s fashion, Wintour changed the subject to Trump’s predecessor, Michelle Obama.
“She was the best ambassador that this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion.”
Oh, the shade of it ALL!
Obama was indeed a Vogue favorite, posing for a first lady-record three covers during her eight years in the White House.
Biden told Vogue,
“I feel like adding more things (to my platform) but I know it’s not possible, because you want to stay centered, because you want to do things well.
And there’s so much to do. There is … so. much. to. do.”
The August issue of Vogue is out July 20. You can read the full article here.
(Photos, Annie Leibovitz; via Vogue)