Anna Wintour Responds to Criticism of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ Vogue Cover

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Anna Wintour is addressing the reaction to Vogue‘s latest cover.

On Tuesday, the 71-year-old global editorial director of Vogue and Condé Nast’s worldwide chief content officer responded to critics who panned the cover of Vogue’s February issue, which features Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

After many called out Vogue for Harris’ portrayal on the cover — which some deemed as “disrespectful” for its informality while others said she appeared “washed out” — Wintour addressed the criticism in a statement to the New York Times’ Kara Swisher, noting that those at Vogue “understood the reaction.”

“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.

“There was no formal agreement about what the choice of the cover would be. And 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 are all in the midst — as we still are  — of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute,” she told the New York Times. “And we felt to reflect this tragic moment in 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 that they are trying to, and I’m sure will, achieve.”

On the cover of the February issue — Harris’ Vogue cover debut — the California Senator, 56, is dressed in a black Donald Deal blazer, color-coordinated pants and a white top, and poses in her signature footwear: Converse sneakers.

The background she’s standing in front of is also a nod to her history. Paying tribute to the sorority she joined at Howard University, she’s pictured standing in front of an apple green and salmon pink background, which are the colors of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

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