Kamala Harris continues to receive the spotlight following her ticket's victory against Donald Trump and Mike Pence. However, not all of what it entails appear to be a positive thing. As it happens, she has become the center of controversies after her cover photo for Vogue's February issue went public earlier this month.
On Monday, several publications covered the "stir online." CNN said that the discussions emerged due to the chosen cover photo.
Many individuals think that the incoming Vice President appears too "casual" and "washed out." Several people, also, suggested that it was "disrespectful" to Harris.
A source, who claims to be "familiar" with the issue, then, claimed that the American leader's team "believe the cover would feature her posing in a light blue suit against a gold background." However, the leaked copy of the cover photo features her wearing a pair of Converse sneakers in front of a "pink and green background," with many netizens slamming it for "appearing poorly lit and styled."
But, confusion emerged when the photographer posted the second "digital cover," featuring Kamala Harris in a Michael Kors powder blue suit against a gold background. Tyler Mitchell, who was the same photographer who captured Beyoncé for the magazine's September issue in 2018, took both of the images.
Many Twitter users began to question whether the first image, showing the incoming Vice President in her casual attire, had been faked. However, Vogue confirmed that both photos are genuine.
Following all the issues, Vogue's Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour broke her silence on Wednesday. Speaking to the New York Times, she said that they had "no formal agreement" when it comes to the cover choice. She, then, emphasized that it was not their intention to "in any way diminish the importance of the Vice President-Elect's incredible victory," according to a separate report from CNN.
Wintour continued that she, alongside the whole creative team, deemed the casual look as the "better choice" for Kamala Harris because of what is currently happening. It makes a "connection to the pandemic and tumultuous state of the country." She, also, argued that this "reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign, adding that it reflects "a much less formal picture" that is "very accessible and approachable."
Amid the controversies concerning the output, as well as Kamala Harris' style, the Mercury News recalled that this is the honor that Melania Trump has always wanted. Donald Trump, alongside their supporters, reportedly, "repeatedly complained" for not putting the "most elegant First Lady in American history" on the cover of Vogue.
While this narrative continues to develop its course, no one could confirm whether the outgoing First Lady, truly, aspires to become a cover during her stint inside the White House. But, reports said that she already became a cover for the magazine once in 2005 for its February issue.