Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, sits next to the polarizing cover of her magazine by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Harris, 56, faces the February issue of the Fashion Bible photographed by Tyler Mitchell in his own Converse blazer, jeans and sneakers, leading some to criticize the choice of photos as “insulting” and “a poor representation of [a] woman of color in power ”.
Wintour, 71, addressed the reaction in a statement to the New York Times Tuesday, saying Vogue had “heard and understood the reaction” but that “it was absolutely not our intention to, in any way, diminish the importance of the incredible victory of the elected Vice President.”
A different look was used for the Vogue digital cover, with the VP-elect wearing pale blue pants from the Michael Kors Collection. Some on social media have speculated that Harris’ team believed the same photo would also appear in the print edition, but Wintour said there was “no formal agreement” on the two shots.
“When the two images came to Vogue, we all felt very, very strong that the less formal portrait of the Vice President-elect really reflected the moment we were living in which we are all in the middle – as we always are – of the more frightening pandemic that comes to life in a minute, ”Wintour continued.
“And we felt it reflected this tragic moment in global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible and accessible and real, it really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign and everything they are trying to do, and I’m sure I will. “
The day before Harris ‘cover, Wintour spoke with Kara Swisher for the Times’ “Sway” podcast, calling the chosen image “charming and relaxed” as well as “joyful and optimistic.”
“I can’t imagine that there is anyone who will really find this coverage other than that, and positive, and an image of a woman who has control of her life that will bring us … the leadership, that we so desperately need. , ”Wintour said at the time. “And for me, it’s just a very important, but positive, statement about women, and women in power.”
Former Vogue editor André Leon Talley as well he defended the cover. “It’s BIG.” ONLY LARGE. GREAT, ”he wrote on Instagram Tuesday.
“His work uniform with his ubiquitous Converse sneakers is aspiring. I predicted her [sic] sets a trend for all young women around the world, [who] they dress like Kamala Harris, ”he continued, eluding the work of 26-year-old photographer Mitchell as“ superb ”.
“Get me out.” Clapback to me on social media. All I can say is that Anna Wintour does not abdicate. And I’d love to be here, at Vogue, to celebrate with the team, ”Talley concluded.