Anna Wintour Defends Kamala Harris' Vogue Cover | 22 Words

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...

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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...

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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...

She truly is paving the way for a more progressive and diverse America.

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...

With some even been reduced to tears.

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."

She continued:

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"And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Dream with ambition, lead with conviction and see yourself in a way that others might not see you, simply because they’ve never seen it before. And we will applaud you every step of the way."

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...

Now, where do we even start with all of this?

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Critics have voiced their concern over the cover shots for a number of serious reasons.

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.

And here is the other photograph that was agreed upon by the Vice President's team:

You can see the blinding difference between the two. I can see why fans would be shocked and let-down.

But probably the most shocking thing about this entire fiasco is Anna Wintour's "perspective" on the issue.

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The fashion mogul address the backlash via a statement given to the New York Times.

She said this:

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​"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.

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"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."

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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...

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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.

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