Ever since Kamala Harris' somewhat problematic Vogue covers were released, we've been waiting for Anna Wintour to speak out on the issue... And now, that wait is over.
The fashion mogul has finally addressed the entire fiasco, but it was not a statement we were expecting.
Here's the full story...
Now, we all know the Biden-Harris win has been a historic one for women...
And especially women of color as Kamala Harris takes on the position of Vice President.
She is the first woman in history to be elected as vice president of the United States...
As well as the first Black woman to be given the role.
This is a huge achievement for not only Harris, but for women and people of color all across the country...
Just wow! A picture that says a thousand words...🙌🇺🇸 #KamalaHarris https://t.co/qKlhM9uQJF— Sam 🤓 (@Sam 🤓)1604828121.0
Biden and Harris celebrated their victory by addressing the nation outside a convention center in Wilmington, Delaware...Where Harris acknowledged the importance of the win during a powerful speech, which she gave while wearing a white suit in tribute to women’s suffrage 100 years after women were guaranteed the constitutional right to vote.
People were incredibly moved by her powerful speech...
Tears streaming down my face right now watching Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speech with my daughter. Kamala… https://t.co/F8Qxyy7ieb— Buffy Wicks (@Buffy Wicks)1604799843.0
She started off by paying tribute to her mother, who had arrived in the US from India at the age of eighteen."I am thinking about her… and I am thinking about the generations of women, Black, White, Asian, Latina women, who throughout history have paved the way tonight."
Kamala is currently one of the most talked-about women in our country right now...
So it's no surprise that she was given the cover of February's Vogue issue.
You would think that this would be good news, right?Well, after the publication revealed the cover photos, the good news immediately turned sour. There were apparently multiple issues with the entire thing...
People just couldn't believe what they were seeing...
And ask Anna what’s the point of the most powerful person in fashion being a woman if she can’t even deliver on the cover of the first woman VP in history.— Renee (@PettyLupone) January 10, 2021
So my father, grandfather and great-grandfather were photographers. I grew up in my grandfather's dark room. The Vogue cover is horribly lit, the backdrop lazy and in a color meant to wash out Kamala Harris's beautiful skin tone. The VP-elect is a gorgeous woman: TIME and ELLE pic.twitter.com/c3ync0a3Qy— Victoria Brownworth #ImpeachNow (@VABVOX) January 10, 2021
People, I'll shoot shots of VP Kamala Harris for free using my Samsung and I'm 100% confident it'll turn out better than this Vogue cover. We can shoot it in my yard using natural sunlight and it'll still be better.— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) January 10, 2021
idk how i feel abt kamala harris on the cover of vogue...i just find it very strange to put a politician on the cov… https://t.co/00eCw2LXYs— b (@b)1610326126.0
Twitter seeing how Vogue got Kamala Harris looking on the cover. pic.twitter.com/xizNDHO7Cz— Jermaine (@JermaineWatkins) 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'… https://t.co/3R830uFq1k— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1610264221.0
@KamalaHarris @Transition46 @voguemagazine If the Vogue cover being circulated is accurate, it is highly disrespect… https://t.co/IJDbvXcMKI— B Victoria Cook (@B Victoria Cook)1610383420.0
This is absolutely disgusting, @voguemagazine and should be recalled immediately. It’s disrespectful and we will be… https://t.co/HBfHc4H0Fw— Sevenfold747 (@Sevenfold747)1610310197.0
Now, where do we even start with all of this?
The first photograph showed Harris wearing a dark two-piece suit with a white tee underneath and weirdly enough...Black lace-up sneakers. For some reason, apparently, Vogue thinks the Vice President of the United States of America should be suited and booted in such casual clothing.
And then the backdrop was also a big issue with fans.Green and pink silk cloth hung on a wall just draping behind Harris while she stood and smiled awkwardly in front of the camera - then, there were talks of skin-lightening and let's not even mention how low quality the photograph is overall.
It resembles something an elementary school principal would choose as her photograph in a local paper.The worst thing about the first photo was that according to multiple sources, Harris's team did not approve the shot. They had instead gone for the second option, which we will now discuss in more detail.
The second cover shot showed the Vice President stood in a powder blue suit with her arms folded.Even though she's got a smile on her face, it's got a healthy balance between being powerful, yet friendly.
Fans were still not too crazy about the backdrop...
Which seemed to be a yellow curtain and table, but the contrast between that and her suit actually made for a good shot.
Journalist, Yashar Ali, rounded it all up for us:
This was the first photograph that caused the most backlash.
Some fashion magazine news....— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 10, 2021
1. The February Vogue cover featuring VP-elect Kamala Harris has been widely criticized on social media this evening
But 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
And here is the other photograph that was agreed upon by the Vice President's team:
4. Here is the Vogue cover Kamala Harris’ team thought would be released. I’m told this cover on the left will be… https://t.co/8j4LjVyuDy— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1610293089.0
But probably the most shocking thing about this entire fiasco is Anna Wintour's "perspective" on the issue.
The fashion mogul address the backlash via a statement given to the New York Times.
She said this:
"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 went on to deny that Vogue and Harris' team had reached an agreement on the photograph.
"There was no formal agreement about what the choice of the cover would be," she added. "And when the 2 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."
She also added that the cover was "very, very accessible and approachable and real."
Previously, Wintour had said that she "cannot imagine that there's anyone that really is going to find this cover anything but [joyful] and positive" during a podcast, but when the news hit the headlines, audiences found it anything but.
The news comes after Wintour has been repeatedly criticized for the treatment of Black and POC employees at her establishment...
As well as her treatment of other Black cover girls, with opinion swaying to the fact that there always seems to be less effort put into those said covers.
Of course, at the time, Wintour also addressed those issues saying she and her teams would try and be better, but fans feel as though they haven't seen much evidence of that yet.
Let's just hope the fashion outlet manages to fix up.
Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris is our February cover star!— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) January 10, 2021
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
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