Kamala Harris is the latest cover star to grace the pages of Vogue, but Anna Wintour isn’t exactly receiving applauds for the cover selection.
The February issue of US Vogue sees Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on the cover in a black pant-suit and converse, alongside a spread of images inside. “Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, and the new America,” reads the front page.
Tyler Mitchell was the photographer for the issue, making it his third Vogue cover following his Beyoncé and Harry Styles shoots.
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According to reports, Kamala Harris was reluctant to appear on the cover of Vogue but finally accepted the offer from Anna Wintour this time around.
Reactions to the Kamala Harris Vogue cover
On Twitter, many Vogue readers and Kamala Harris supporters felt disappointed by the cover image put forward by Anna Wontour, explaining that they feel it didn’t fulfil its potential.
Some pointed to the lighting used, claiming it “washed her out” as a black woman, while for others, the pose appeared odd.
However, others rushed to defend the cover, with fans of Tyler Mitchell pointing out that the fabric draping in the background, which was dubbed “lazy” by some, is actually a trade-mark of his photography and used in his previous Vogue covers. The colours used for the draping are the same as those of Kamala Harris’ sorority.
Anna Wintour chose a different cover than agreed, according to one reporter
For many fashion followers, it wasn’t the shoot or photographer that they didn’t like but simply the cover photo in specific, stating that the digital cover was better.
Fashion reporter Yahsar Ali at New York Magazine and HuffPost, claimed on Twitter that the cover used for print issues wasn’t actually the one decided by Kamala Harris’ team. “But according to a source familiar with the publication plans, this is not the cover that the Vice President-elect’s team expected,” he wrote.
“In the cover that they expected, Vice President-elect Harris was wearing a powder blue suit. That was the cover that the Vice President-elect’s team and the Vogue team, including Anna Wintour, mutually agreed upon…which is standard for fashion magazines.”
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