Vice President Kamala Harris felt belittled and hurt by Vogue’s cover photo

vice president Kamala Harris felt “belittled” and “hurt” by the cover photo that vogue chose for its February 2021 issue so much so that Harris had a high-ranking official complain.

Politics West Wing Playbook Newsletter published excerpts from This Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, slated for release in May, details Harris’ reaction to the cover. The photo shows Harris in a black blazer and capri pants with Converse sneakers in front of a green and pink backdrop in a nod to the colors of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

When the cover fell, Harris’ team was caught off guard and was criticized as many felt the laid-back style failed to give him the respect and grace a vice president deserves. Many also felt that the lighting and background portrayed her as unflattering.

“Harris was injured,” the authors wrote, according to Politics.

“She felt belittled by the magazine, asking her assistants: vogue portray another world leader in this way? »

Harris’ main spokesperson at the time, Symone Sanderwent straight to vogues Managing Editor Anna Wintour to express Harris’ displeasure with the cover. Martin and Burns wrote that Wintour thought the photo would make her more “recountable”.

Amid mounting criticism, vogue chose a different photo of Harris wearing a powder blue pantsuit in front of a gold background as the cover for the digital issue and a limited-edition print issue commemorating the inauguration.

A vogue spokesperson responded to the criticism by saying, “The team of vogue I loved the pictures Tyler Mitchell shot and felt, the more informal image captured the authentic and approachable nature of Vice President-elect Harris — which we believe is one of the hallmarks of the Biden/Harris administration.

According to the book, the photo added tension between Harris’ office and the West Wing. Vice President’s Chief of Staff Tina Flournoy raised the issue with a senior Biden official.

However, with the country still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and fresh from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the incident was widely dismissed by Biden staff.

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