Although the news have been met with criticism and negativity, Kamala Harris still graces the cover of Vogue magazine in February, an honor in American fashion and culture that Melania and Donald Trump always thought should have been given to the outgoing first lady.
Unlike Melania Trump, however, the Oakland-born Harris was selected for the cover because she has made history for her accomplishments — as the first woman and first person of color to be elected vice president.
Unfortunately, Harris’s cover photo for the magazine’s print edition isn’t to everyone’s liking, with some saying it is “disrespectful” because the U.S. senator and former California attorney general is dressed too casually and appears “washed out.” Harris’ team has said this was not the photo they negotiated for the cover, and instead had believed the picture of Harris in a Michael Kors powder-blue suit would be on the cover.
Vogue said the blue suit photo is on the digital edition, but that both images honor “the seriousness of this moment in history, and the role she has to play leading our country forward.”
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
Melania Trump hasn’t been totally shunned by Vogue over the years. She was on the cover in February 2005, when she was a little-known model marrying Trump, then the flashy star of the reality TV show “The Apprentice.”
Melania Trump complained about being denied the honor of a Vogue cover during her husband’s presidency, but she probably lost that opportunity because she has been accused of enabling one of the most divisive administration’s in U.S. history, according to her ex-best friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
“I don’t give a (expletive) about Vogue or any other magazine. They would never put me on the cover,” Melania Trump was quoted as saying in Winston Wolkoff’s 2020 book, “Melania and Me.”
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former event planner for Vogue, wrote over the weekend that the first lady is self-serving, lacks “character” and “a moral compass” and “left behind no legacy or profile to be proud of as first lady of the United States.”
On Monday, Melania Trump seemed to validate such criticism by issuing a much-belated statement about the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Before the first lady condemned the violence that claimed the lives of six people, including of two police officers, she used her statement to portray herself as the victim of “salacious gossip” and “unwarranted personal attacks.”
Melania Trump’s complaints about “false, misleading accusations” is likely a reference to a CNN report that she was overseeing a photo shoot last Wednesday — at the same time her husband’s MAGA supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop congress from certifying Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ election victory.
Melania Trump also didn’t put any responsibility for the domestic terrorism on her husband’s rhetoric at a rally before the Capitol siege. Indeed, instead of casting blame on him or his rioting supporters, she referred to the “passion and enthusiasm” of those who protested the election results over husband’s false claims of voter fraud.
“It is inspiring to see that so many have found a passion and enthusiasm in participating in an election, but we must not allow that passion to turn to violence,” said Melania Trump, whose “Be Best” platform as first lady centered on promoting civility and kindness.
Melania Trump will only be first lady for nine more days, though Democrats believe Trump is a national security risk and are demanding that Vice President Mike Pence invoke the 25th Amendment to have him removed from office sooner.
In any case, Melania Trump will leave the White House never securing fashion magazine covers, a situation that has vexed the her, her husband and his political supporters. As recently as Christmas Day, Trump bashed leading US lifestyle magazines for not giving his wife, Melania Trump, a single front page cover while he has been in office, the Business Insider reported.
In a tweet, he called the first lady, “the greatest of all time,” while retweeting a Breitbart post that said “elitist snobs in the fashion press” were ostracizing the “most elegant first lady in American history.” Trump fans have accused the media of revealing their liberal bias by granting Michelle Obama, the wife of former president Barack Obama, 12 magazine covers in her two terms as first lady, including three Vogue covers, the Business Insider reported.
Winston Wolkoff became close friends with Melania Trump before she got her first Vogue cover. Winston Wolkoff said in her book that Trump convinced editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to put his then-fiancée on the cover, wearing an elaborate $100,000 John Galliano bridal gown.
#FBF to when Melania Trump posed in her $100,000 John Galliano wedding gown for the cover of Vogue. pic.twitter.com/Kfy2E597pO
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) July 24, 2015
“(Trump) used Vogue, a distinguished brand, to create a star — not just Melania, but himself as well,” Winston Wolfkoff wrote. “If his bride was a Vogue cover model, it legitimized him, too.”
Early in Trump’s presidency, Vogue began preparing a profile on Melania Trump and reached out to schedule a photo shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, wrote Winston Wolkoff, who helped plan Trump’s inauguration and worked as an unpaid adviser in Melania Trump’s East Wing.
The Vogue profile fell threw when the magazine would not guarantee Melania Trump the cover. Winston Wolkoff noted that not all first ladies get Vogue covers, but Melania was not happy.
“Give me a break!” the first lady texted Winston Wolkoff. “Forget it.” Melania Trump also complained that her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump, was trying to get Vogue to profile her.
The fact that other first ladies and female celebrities had appeared on Vogue’s covers was very much on Melania Trump’s mind in July 2018, Winston Wolkoff wrote.
“Annie Leibovitz shot the porn hooker,” Melania Trump said, pronouncing the word “HOO-car,” Winston Wolkoff wrote.
13. Last month I reported that Stormy Daniels had been photographed for Vogue by @annieleibovitz…well here is one of the photographs along with a profile written by @amychozick https://t.co/1UYA7hyfvh
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 28, 2018
Melania Trump also dropped one of the f-bombs that she frequently used in her chats with Winston Wolkoff, as she railed against various magazines for not putting her on their covers. She furthermore complained about designers not dressing her because they didn’t want to be associated with her husband’s presidency and claimed people were jealous because she still looked good as she approached her 50th birthday.
“I’m so glad I didn’t do that profile in Vogue,” Melania Trump said. “You know, they came back two months ago and asked me to do it again. ‘It might be a cover,’ they said. Are you kidding me? I don’t give a (expletive) about Vogue or any other magazine. They would never put me on the cover.”
“All these people are so mad,” Melania Trump continued. “Some people say, ‘They’re all jealous. They want to be you.’ They cannot believe that (I still look good despite) all these designers who refused to dress me. Like I need their help. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. My life will not change if I’m on the cover or not.”
Wolkoff noted that this conversation took place a month after Melania Trump incited outrage by wearing a green Zara jacket with the words “I really don’t care, do u?” on the back while traveling to Texas to visit children separated from their parents at the U.S. border.
Poor @MELANIATRUMP is ‘disappointed and disheartened’ people said things that hurt her.
“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO YOU?” pic.twitter.com/Y24LvbnKcl
— Mark (@iamjurassicmark) January 11, 2021
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