Why Kamala Harris’s Vogue cover has sparked controversy online

Mon, 2021-01-11 15:52

DUBAI: Kamala Harris, who made history as the first black woman
to be elected vice president in America, is the star of US
Vogue’s February 2021 issue, however, many online aren’t
pleased with the cover photos. 

Users took to social media platforms, including Twitter and
Clubhouse, to express their discontent with the lighting of the two
photographs, in which Harris is seen posing against the backdrop of
a draped, pink satin fabric.

Online critics accused the publication’s Editor-in-Chief Anna
Wintour and the magazine for supposedly “white-washing†the
vice president-elect.

One user called it a “washed-out mess of a cover.†

“Kamala Harris is about as light skinned as women of color
come and Vogue still (redacted) up her lighting,†the commenter

Other users criticized Wintour, suggesting that she “must not
have many Black friends and colleagues.â€

“I’ll shoot shots of VP Kamala Harris for free using my
Samsung and I’m 100% confident it’ll turn out better than this
Vogue cover,†wrote New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali.

Vogue denied to the New York Post it had lightened Harris’s
skin after the shoot.

The choice of cover image also came under fire over its casual
style, with some social media users claiming it didn’t respect
the gravity of Harris’s election as the US’s first female

The photographs were shot by Tyler Mitchell, who made history as
the first African-American photographer to lens a Vogue US cover
when he shot Beyonce in 2018.

But according to the New York Post, Harris and her team had full
control over the styling, hair and makeup.

She wore a casual black jacket and trousers paired with Converse
Chuck Taylor sneakers for one photo and a powder blue Michael Kors
pantsuit for the other.

According to a source familiar with the publication plans, the
vice president-elect’s team were blindsided by the magazine’s
choice of cover as it was reportedly not what they were

The same source said the Harris team has asked for a new cover,
though it should be noted that the print version of the magazine
went to press last month. 

A spokesperson for Vogue said in an emailed statement that Vogue
“loved the images Tyler Mitchell shot and felt the more informal
image captured Vice President-elect Harris’s authentic,
approachable nature — which we feel is one of the hallmarks of
the Biden/Harris administration.

“To respond to the seriousness of this moment in history, and
the role she has to play leading our country forward, we’re
celebrating both images of her as covers digitally.â€

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Why Kamala Harris’s Vogue cover has sparked controversy