Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is speaking out after the fashion magazine reportedly used a print cover of Kamala Harris without her approval.
On Tuesday's episode of The New York Times' podcast “Sway,” host Kara Swisher read a statement from Wintour about the controversy.
On Saturday, the Vice President-elect’s print cover — of her in a black blazer and Converse sneakers — leaked online. However, according to Huffington Post contributor Yashar Ali, Harris and her team signed off on a different cover, showing Harris in a powder blue Michael Kors blazer. Vogue later released both images as digital covers.
"Obviously, we have heard and understood the reaction to the print cover and I just want to reiterate that it was absolutely not our intention to, in any way, diminish the importance of the Vice President-elect’s incredible victory," Wintour said in her statement.
"We want nothing but to celebrate Vice President-elect Harris' amazing victory and the important moment this is in America's history, and particularly for women of color all over the world."
In regards to their decision to go with the image of Harris in a black blazer, Wintour explained, "There was no formal agreement about what the choice of the cover would be. When the two images arrived at Vogue, all of us felt very, very strongly that the less formal portrait of the Vice President-elect really reflected the moment that we were living in, which we were in the midst, as we still are, of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute."
"We felt to reflect this tragic moment and global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible and approachable and real, really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign and everything they're trying to, and I'm sure will, achieve."
On Monday, a source told “ET” that Vogue reportedly failed to tell Harris and her team they were switching covers.
"In this moment where the country is so divided, where we need serious leaders, the blue-and-gold shot represents that," the source added. "That would never have been approved, and Harris’ team is extremely disappointed."
Social media users also criticized the print cover as they felt Harris’ outfit was too casual compared to other Vogue covers.
“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,” writer Charlotte Clymer wrote on Twitter.
“The cover did not give Kamala D. Harris due respect. It was overly familiar. It was a cover image that, in effect, called Harris by her first name without invitation,” wrote Robin Givhan, senior critic-at-large at The Washington Post.