‘Biggest racists in publishing’: Vogue magazine blasted for ‘washed out’ Kamala Harris cover
Harris graces the cover of February’s issue of Vogue, which hails the VP-to-be as “Madam Vice President.” However, Harris’ photograph – in which she wears a casual suit and a pair of Converse trainers – angered liberal commentators online when it went viral on Saturday night.
Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is on the cover of Vogue’s February issue pic.twitter.com/NGxhyGaoS9— models daily (@supermodeldaiIy) January 10, 2021
Liberal pundit Yashar Ali claimed the cover option was not the one Harris’ team had expected to see. According to Ali, Vogue editor Anna Wintour had agreed to use the image of Harris in a powder-blue suit, but the magazine about-turned after the photoshoot was done.
Some fashion magazine news....1. The February Vogue cover featuring VP-elect Kamala Harris has been widely criticized on social media this eveningBut according to a source familiar with the publication plans, this is not the cover that the Vice President-elect's team expected pic.twitter.com/lBC9DnfYNC— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 10, 2021
Harris’ supporters blasted Vogue for running a "washed out” and “jumbled” cover. “They couldn’t decide whether she is going to a luxe French salon, the Senate floor, or taking a jog,” one tweeted.
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
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
Re the Vogue cover of Kamala, it's a bad photo. Wow.— Summer Brennan 🌈 (@summerbrennan) January 10, 2021
Others accused the magazine, and Wintour herself, of racism, claiming Harris’ skin in the photo had deliberately been whitened. Ali went as far as to claim “Wintour does not truly respect Black women,” basing his judgment on the views of supposed sources in the fashion world. One poster alleged Wintour is “one of the biggest racists in publishing,” and another that she even “deserves suffering for her treatment of black women.”
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
What a mess up. Anna Wintour must really not have Black friends and colleagues. https://t.co/8oCpEPkltU— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 10, 2021
Despite the uproar, the magazine hasn’t yet hit the shelves. Its team still has time to go with the alternative cover option, or it may simply choose to sit it out and simply wait for the furor to die down. Harris will enter the White House on January 20, when she and Joe Biden will be inaugurated.
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