Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has spoken out in favor of defending the controversial cover of Vice President Kamala Harris after the publication was accused of swapping a picture chosen by the 56-year-old for a "disrespectful" one. washed white her skin.
In a statement for the New York Times podcast, Sway, Wintour, 71, insisted that Vogue did not want to "diminish" the meaning of Harris' "incredible victory" – while closing reports the magazine was using officially approved "had a special photo of the VP-elect on the cover.
"Obviously we heard and understood the reaction to the print cover, and I just want to repeat that it was absolutely not our intention to diminish in any way the importance of the elected vice president's incredible victory," she said before adding : & # 39; There was no formal agreement on the choice of the cover. & # 39;
Speaking: Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has defended Kamala Harris' controversial cover after it was labeled "lazy" and "disrespectful" by social media users.
Controversy: Harris was "extremely disappointed" with her Vogue cover (pictured) and the backlash that resulted, a source told DailyMail.com
Vogue released two covers: a printed one and a digital one (pictured), which preferred the image Harris, 56. Wintour denied that there was an "agreement" that would be used on
The angry backlash on Harris' cover comes seven months after Wintour admitted he allowed "hurtful and intolerant" behavior in the magazine and didn't do enough to advocate black workers and designers.
In October, she was asked to resign several times by black employees who have worked with Vogue over the years. After the Harris cover controversy, dozens of social media users repeated those screams, insisting that Wintour resign.
Two cover options emerged over the weekend – one for the front of the print edition and a second that was published as a digital version. According to multiple sources, the image chosen for the print cover was not Harris' preferred option. Instead, the election of the vice president has been relegated to the digital question.
A source close to Harris said she and her team were "extremely disappointed" with the image Vogue selected for the cover. It features the first female vice president of color posing in an incredibly casual setting wearing a shiny black jacket, white T shirt, and Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers – a style she wore on the campaign trail on occasion.
She poses in front of strips of green and pink fabric to represent the colors of her sisterhood Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first historically African-American sisterhood with Greek letters.
The image was quickly condemned by social media users who insisted on it The poor quality photo didn't meet Vogue's usual style standards, and some accused of exposing Harris skin in whites.
However, Wintour claimed in her statement that all of the Vogue staff who worked on the Harris cover felt that the image chosen was the best representation of the "moment we live in".
“When the two pictures hit Vogue, we were all very, very convinced that the less formal portrait of the elected Vice President really reflected the moment we lived in, where we are all in the middle – like we still are -. the most appalling pandemic, killing lives by the minute, ”she said.
Under Fire: The Harris & # 39; Vogue Cover Controversy is the last in a long line of upsets for Wintour, who has been accused of marginalizing people of color
Details: Journalist Yashar Ali tweeted a photo of the print cover on Sunday, claiming Harris' team actually unsubscribed a different image than the one used
Outrage: Dozens of fans came out to condemn the cover, saying the poor quality photo didn't meet Vogue's usual style standards and appeared to have lightened Harris' skin
Before the cover was released, Wintour spoke to Sway host Kara Swisher about the cover in a taped interview in which she described the picture as "joyful and optimistic" – ironically saying that she couldn't imagine anyone seeing it could in other ways.
"The amazing thing about the February cover for me is that it's just so happy and upbeat," she said during the podcast interview that was taped the day before the cover leaked online.
"And I can't imagine that there is anyone who will find this cover to be really different from that and positive, and an image of a woman who is in control of her life and who will bring us the lead with the president-elect who we need so. & # 39;
Wintour described the cover picture as "very, very approachable and approachable and real" and said it "really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign".
Harris and her team disagreed, however – with a source suggesting DailyMail.com that the vice-president-elect privately agreed to much of the online criticism of the cover shot.
"She is … they are of course extremely disappointed with the photo," said the source, but declined to denounce certain aspects of the cover.
The insider added that Harris thought her preferred picture – which shows the VP-elect in a powder blue suit – would be used on the cover, and said she was only made aware that the "more casual" photo was from her Converse Chuck Taylor wearing sneakers had been traded in when the cover was leaked online.
Many online critics of the shoot agreed that the second cover was far more appropriate and flattering, and raise questions about why it was brought to the fore in the digital edition.
When the print cover first appeared, several Twitter users actually asked if it was real. The quality of the photo and the styling seemed far too low for America's leading fashion magazine.
"Are you waiting for Kamala Vogue Cover to be real ?!" a user asked. “I thought it was a fake – it's that bad. Did you just ask her to send you photos your husband took or …? & # 39;
When the cover first appeared, several Twitter users asked if it was real
Some critics criticized Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for putting Harris in trainers
Several users indicated that the lighting washed out Harris' skin
The author Wajahat Ali called the cover "a mess" and criticized its color scheme
Activist Charlotte Clymer said the cover was "way below Vogue's standards".
Other reviewers submitted photos that could have been better used on the cover
& # 39; Vogue has Kamala Harris in a King Converse. Somebody has to throw an ash pad to Anna Wintour, ”wrote another.
"Kamala looks beautiful in everything she wears – and I love that she brought Chucks back – but this Vogue cover is unworthy of the first woman to be POC, vice president of the United States," added a third .
Activist Charlotte Clymer tweeted, “People who don't understand why elected Vice President Kamala Harris's Vogue cover is bad are missing the point.
& # 39; The picture itself is not terrible as a picture. It's way below Vogue's standards. You haven't thought about it. As if homework was done in the morning, it's due. Disrespectful. & # 39;
Others said Harris' skin had been "lightened" in the picture, and writer Wajahat Ali wrote: "What a mess. Anna Wintour is really not allowed to have black friends and colleagues. & # 39;
& # 39; Kamala Harris is about as fair skinned as women in color and Vogue still has their lights on. WTF is the blurry mess of a cover? & # 39; Another user, E. Vaughan, tweeted.
& # 39; Vogue knows that Kamala Harris loves her sorority, suits, comfy pants and Chuck Taylor. So they just messed everything up for the cover. Except that they couldn't decide whether to go to a luxurious French salon, the Senate floor, or go jogging. «
Multiple reviewers pointed out that this isn't the first time Vogue has faced backlash over its dealings with minority cover stars.
»Anyone shocked by the poor quality of Kamala's Vogue covers ignored Anna Wintour's bulls with colored people. It extends over decades. Team Kamala should have known better, ”wrote a user named Trish.
Some even called for Wintour to be fired.
"Anna Wintour has to go," wrote one particularly frustrated reviewer. "If your team can only style a black woman properly when she is covered in couture, then her tenure has run out of steam."
Several reviewers pointed out that this isn't the first time Vogue has encountered its dealings with minority cover stars
Wintour came under the crosshairs of the American race bill this summer after accused of discriminating against employees because of their skin color.
The 71-year-old from London, who has headed Vogue for more than three decades, responded to the outrage with an extraordinary Mea Culpa in June.
In a company-wide memo, Wintour admitted to allowing "hurtful and intolerant" behavior in the magazine, admitting that she hadn't done enough to advocate black workers and designers.
"I want to start by recognizing your feelings and expressing my compassion for what so many of you are going through: sadness, pain and anger," Wintour began.
“I want to say this especially to the black members of our team – I can only imagine how those days were. But I also know that the pain, violence, and injustice that we see and talk about have been around for a long time. Realizing it and doing something about it is overdue. & # 39;
However, Wintour's letter did little to quell the controversy surrounding her decision to remain in her role – and in October a group of 18 black journalists who had worked with her over the years accused her of preferring staff the thin, white, and elitist are backgrounds in a piece published by the New York Times.
Eleven of them called for her resignation after offensive incidents involving her using the word "pickaninny" and other controversies over cultural appropriation, including outrage over a 2017 Vogue shoot where Karlie Kloss posed in a geisha outfit and her Her face was pale, her hair was dyed black.
The photo shoot in Japan was immediately accused of "Yellowface". However, Wintour reportedly ruled out her staff's concerns, insisting that the images could not be cropped as it would cause "a tremendous amount of effort".
During her last interview, Wintour denied that there was a specific problem at Condé Nast, insisting that what was happening there "happened in many other companies" and claimed it was therefore unfair to "single out" the media company.
"I think what happened at Condé Nast happened to a lot of other companies, whether they were media companies or other companies in the US and around the world," she said.
“So I don't think it would be right to point out Condé Nast as the only place where this happened. And obviously it was a moment of change and social unrest and I think everyone around the world has questioned so many different issues.
"I think Condé Nast is a company that is very committed to diversity and inclusion and that listens to everyone who works in the company."
In December, Wintour was promoted to Condé Nast's first executive director, in addition to her roles as Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Condé Nast Artistic Director.
Her new title, Global Chief Content Officer of Condé Nast and Global Editorial Director of Vogue, put her in control of all publications in 25 issues worldwide.
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