After Kamala Harris made history as the first Black and Asian woman to be named Vice-President, there was a lot to celebrate but it seems Vogue’s celebratory homage to the Vice-President elect has supported and fans giving the iconic publication the side eye.
On Sunday (Jan 10), Vogue released the official cover for the February issue, after the preview was leaked the night before, that features Harris gracing the cover and fans were unimpressed after the image revealed a campaign trail dressed image of the VP with pink material haphazardly cast in the background, complete with Harris donning Converse.
Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is on the cover of Vogue’s February issue pic.twitter.com/NGxhyGaoS9
— models daily (@supermodeldaiIy) January 10, 2021
After an onslaught of criticism over the abysmal cover, Vogue released a statement, revealing that the cover was actually intentional, adding that the image was intended to be an homage to Harris’s sorority.
“As the nation’s first Madame Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris represents a new dawn in American politics. So naturally, the backdrops for her print and digital Vogue images were going to be wholly original. Shot by Tyler Mitchell, the former reflects Harris at her casual best: Converse sneakers and Donald Deal blazer—styling choices that were her own—and a bright smile. Still, a closer look at the picture reveals a tribute to a formative chapter of Harris’s life: her time as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc’s Alpha chapter at Howard University.”
While the iconic publication claims that the lackadaisical cover was planned, Harris’s team is claiming they were blindsided by the image that is reportedly the print cover before the backlash forced the fashion magazine to switch up things for the digital edition.
4. Here is the Vogue cover Kamala Harris’ team thought would be released.
I’m told this cover on the left will be the digital cover, but the much maligned cover on the right has already gone to print and will be the cover available for sale and sent to subscribers. pic.twitter.com/5eWjPMTbdP
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) January 10, 2021
Despite their attempt to rectify the situation with a different image for the digital cover, fans continued to call out the publication, specifically Editor In Chief, Anna Wintour, for their continued disrespect when it comes to Black women gracing the cover.
Anyone shocked by the poor quality of Kamala's Vogue cover hasn't paid attention to Anna Wintour's bullshit w/people of color. It spans decades. Team Kamala should've known better. Anyway, enjoy this pic that effortlessly shows her beauty w/o stripping her of her power(suit)😉. pic.twitter.com/S6RK9lpmIj
— Trish (@StilettoRoyalty) January 10, 2021
While Vogue has yet to apologize for the image, fans had a field day dragging the pub with everything from alternative images for the cover to ranking their “homage” to that of Elle and others.
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
Read Kamala Harris’s interview with Vogue here and check out some of what Black Twitter had to say below.
The fact that the girls can’t tell if that Kamala Vogue cover is real or not speaks a lot to the basic-ness of US Vogue LOL 🥴 pic.twitter.com/Yncvxwyc60— Shelton Griffith (@flyrebel) January 10, 2021
Folks who don't get why the Vogue cover of VP-elect Kamala Harris is bad are missing the point. The pic itself isn't terrible as a pic. It's just far, far below the standards of Vogue. They didn't put thought into it. Like homework finished the morning it's due. Disrespectful.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 10, 2021
Kamala Harris is about as light skinned as women of color come and Vogue still fvcked up her lighting. WTF is this washed out mess of a cover? pic.twitter.com/5O2q0axA0G— E. Vaughan 💙 🏳️🌈 (@HypeVaughan) January 10, 2021
kamala's random college photos look cooler than the image vogue selected for their cover. come on. pic.twitter.com/ZAVc9OgSF7— derek guy (@dieworkwear) January 10, 2021
Anna Wintour waking up to the backlash for the atrocious Kamala Harris Vogue cover. pic.twitter.com/FKlYPqLexc— Tiger Tini (@chaiofthetiger8) January 10, 2021
They put Kamala on the cover of Vogue in some chucks and y'all want me to believe its no agenda there— The Casual Sex Captain (@jiggyjayy2) January 10, 2021
So my father, grandfather and great-grandfather were photographers. I grew up in my grandfather's dark room. The Vogue cover is horribly lit, the backdrop lazy and in a color meant to wash out Kamala Harris's beautiful skin tone. The VP-elect is a gorgeous woman: TIME and ELLE pic.twitter.com/c3ync0a3Qy— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) January 10, 2021
I don't believe that Vogue cover of Kamala is real? If you zoom up on VP-elect Kamala's hair it looks like a really bad photoshop job, but then again...https://t.co/rqQJBx3SOe— Fabiola Cineas (@FabiolaCineas) January 10, 2021
Let’s be real. Even if Kamala’s cover is fake, the fact that people think it could be real is a testament to how shitty US Vogue typically is, especially with black women. Let’s not forget how Anna did Cardi. pic.twitter.com/mubNxFSE6h— maybe: diane (@dianelyssa) January 10, 2021
It is sending me that no one can tell if this Kamala Harris cover is real or not, because this is exactly the kind of bs US Vogue produces on the regular 😂😂😭😭— Tasha J. (@theglossier) January 10, 2021