Anna Wintour responds to flap over Kamala cover

16 Janvier, 2021, 11:51 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Vogue Editor defends Kamala Harris cover

Some initially claimed that the Vice President-designate's face had been "whitewashed", before the controversy evolved to focus on choosing this "relaxed" photo for the cover of the magazine's print edition. In one, Harris is seen wearing Converse sneakers and a black Donald Deal jacket; and standing in front of a pink-and-green drape. Another social media user also commented that the photo "is washed out, poorly lit, stagnant, junk", asking Vogue, "How could you do such a disservice to a vibrant, lovely woman?"

It was this image that Wintour chose to grace the cover of the hard copy of the February issue, rather than a more formal portrait of Harris in a light blue Michael Kors pantsuit, which was also taken by Mitchell.

In response to the backlash, Wintour told the New York Times' Sway podcast that Vogue "wants nothing but to celebrate Vice President-elect Harris' awesome victory and the important moment this is in American history particularly women of colour all over the world".

Rumors that she would resign circulated, but the British-born 71-year-old - described by Forbes magazine in 2017 as the "most powerful woman" in media - has remained at the helm of Vogue.

"What consumers are looking for from brands and ambassadors today is authenticity and the final images were not to represent her as a style icon, but as who she is and what she stands for", she added.

Kamala Harris will assume the post of Vice-President of the U.S. on January 20 when she and US President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated. For me, this is a very important and positive statement about women and women in power.

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Kamala Harris has not officially responded to the controversy.

Some thought the cover was disrespectful and not flattering. The second is a collage of two photos from a time when Ms Harris and her sister were children.

Rumors of resignation had then circulated around the one that Forbes magazine presented, in 2017, as the most powerful woman in the world in the media and entertainment industry.

She apologized for not making enough room for Black stylists and photographers in the magazine. She who has the reputation of being icy - she is sometimes nicknamed "Nuclear Anna" - said to have understood that she "was not listening or not listening enough".

Kamala Harris said she has followed her mother's advice every day.

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