Gracing the cover of Vogue Magazine is one of fashion’s highest honors, but fans believe the magazine dropped the ball on their recent cover with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The February edition of Vogue will show Harris dressed in a pair of jeans, a blazer and her signature Chuck Taylor Converse, but the cover received mixed reviews.
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
Black Twitter weighed in on the lack of styling and the lazy cover art that was chosen.
“Honestly, the worst Vogue cover I’ve ever seen. Terrible photo, horribly edited. Can’t understand why the second photo isn’t on the cover. Seriously, Kamala deserves better,” one user wrote.
Now, Harris had two wardrobe changes that day and reports say she and her team were led to believe the photo of her wearing a powder blue power suit would be the cover – which in many people’s opinion is more befitting – and the casual photo was for the inside pages.
But it is not about what she was wearing in the casual photo – we are used to her signature style – the Vogue team looks like they put no creativity into the photo and even the curtain backdrop was wrinkled.
Vogue released a statement following the backlash that read:
“Our approach to working with Vice President-elect Harris and her team was to capture her as a leader and as a person, and as she was most comfortable, and so we collaborated closely on all creative decisions, including that she would dress and style herself for the shoot. Harris also picked the green and pink backdrop of the print-edition shot because those are the colors of her college sorority — and she thought it would be fun to use them.”
Vogue is known for its glamorous covers and couture fashion, which strongly contradicts what was represented with the Harris cover. After the negative feedback, Vogue said both photos will be used as digital edition covers, but they are remaining with their decision to make the casual photo the cover for its iconic print edition.
The Twitterverse has spoken and they are not happy, some even calling for the magazine fashion editor, Anna Wintour, to step down.
“Anna Wintour needs to go. If the only time her team can properly style a black woman is when she’s covered in couture then her tenure has ran its course,” wrote a Twitter user.
Anna Wintour needs to go. If the only time her team can properly style a black women is when she’s covered in couture then her tenure has ran it course. Look at how Kamala Harris’ Elle cover straight up bodied Vogue. Electric chair! pic.twitter.com/aBVZIho98P— MVP Harris (@PTA_Daddy) January 10, 2021
All we can say is, we agree, this cover is of less quality than anything we’ve ever seen Vogue produce. Jus’ sayin’