Kamala Harris – ‘Vogue’ To Release New Cover Of Vice President After Backlash
The people have spoken and Vogue listened.
The publication first unveiled the cover of Kamala Harris for the print version of its February 2021 issue earlier this month. The photo featured Kamala Harris wearing a black jacket, black pants, and sneakers as she smiled in front of a pink and green background, a nod to her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.
The cover received lots of criticism as readers said it was an unflattering picture of the Vice President and that her skin appeared to be lightened.
Her team was allegedly blindsided by the cover and said they selected a different snapshot of the Vice President for the feature. In that picture, she wore a powder blue suit and stood in front of a neutral background. It was initially used for the digital version of the magazine.
Now, Vogue has announced that it will be releasing a limited number of print versions of the above photo that her team reportedly selected.
A spokesperson said:
“In recognition of the enormous interest in the digital cover, and in celebration of this historic moment, we will be publishing a limited number of special edition inaugural issues.”
Vogue head Anna Wintour released a statement responding to the criticism and said:
“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.”
“We want nothing but to celebrate Vice President-elect Harris’ amazing victory and the important moment this is in America’s history and particularly for women of color all over the world.”
She addressed reports of the photo selection process and added:
“There was no formal agreement about what the choice of the cover would be, and 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 were in the midst, as we still are of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute.”
“We felt to reflect this tragic moment in global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible and approachable and real, really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign and everything that they’re trying to and I’m sure will achieve.”
The magazine also released a separate statement and said:
“The team at Vogue loved the images Tyler Mitchell shot and felt the more informal image captured Vice President-elect Harris’s authentic, approachable nature — which we feel is one of the hallmarks of the Biden/Harris administration. To respond to the seriousness of this moment in history, and the role she has to play leading our country forward, we’re celebrating both images of her as covers digitally.”
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