Kamala Harris' cover for February's Vogue caused a stir on social media as critics say the magazine disregards the elected vice president by "washing her skin white" and putting her in a pair of Converse .
The cover of the upcoming issue popped up on Twitter over the weekend and featured Harris, America's first vice president for color, wearing a black suit jacket, white T-shirt, dark pants and black lace-up shoes.
Dozens of fans came out to condemn the cover, saying the poor quality photo did not meet Vogue's usual style standards and appeared to have lightened Harris' skin.
The vice-president-elect didn't publicly comment on the cover, but journalist Yashar Ali claimed on Twitter early Sunday that her team signed a different picture with Harris in a light blue suit.
A few hours later, Vogue posted a photo of a second cover that appeared to be what Harris said Ali had approved.
Kamala Harris' cover for February's Vogue caused a stir on social media as critics say the magazine disregards the elected vice president by "washing her skin white" and putting her in a pair of Converse
Journalist Yashar Ali tweeted a photo of the offensive cover on Sunday, claiming Harris' team signed a different picture than the one used
On Sunday morning, Vogue posted a photo of a second cover (pictured) wearing the same outfit that Ali allegedly approved
"On the cover they were expecting, Vice President-elect Harris wore a powder blue suit," Ali tweeted next to the first cover.
"That was the cover that the Vice President's team and the Vogue team, including (Editor-in-Chief) Anna Wintour, agreed on … which is standard for fashion magazines."
DailyMail.com has reached out to Harris and Vogue representatives for comment.
When the cover first appeared, several Twitter users 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;
& # 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;
Dozens of fans came out to condemn the cover, saying the poor quality photo did not meet Vogue's usual style standards and appeared to have lightened Harris' skin. The vice president-elect is pictured at an event in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday
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 noted 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
Some users shared various photos of Harris that would have been better for the cover, while others noted that their skin appeared to be lightened in the skin intended for print.
& # 39; What a mess. Anna Wintour is really not allowed to have black friends and colleagues, ”wrote author Wajahat Ali in response to Yashar Ali's tweet.
& # 39; Kamala Harris is about as fair skinned as women in color and Vogue still has their lights on. WTF is the blurred 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 cover 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."
Multiple reviewers pointed out that this isn't the first time Vogue has had a backlash in dealing 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 acknowledging 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;
Anna Wintour came under the crosshairs of the American race bill that summer after she was accused of discriminating against employees because of their skin color
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 the concerns of her staff, insisting that the images could not be cropped as it would cause "a tremendous amount of effort".
Wintour responded to the Times piece with another apology, writing, “I firmly believe that the most important thing any of us can do in our work is to provide opportunities to those who may not have had access to them .
"Without a doubt, I've made mistakes along the way, and if there are mistakes made at Vogue under my watch, those are mine and I am determined to get the job done."
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.
In a company-wide memo in June, Wintour admitted to allowing "hurtful and intolerant" behavior in the magazine and admitted that she had not done enough to advocate black workers and designers
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