Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made the February cover of Vogue magazine, but her team says there is a problem because the image of the second-in-command of the United States government is not the one agreed by both parties, in agreement with your team.
Instead of the light blue suit Harris wore for the cover shoot, the African-American First Vice President appears in more casual clothing and Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, which she sometimes wore on the campaign trail.
Harris’s team was unaware that the photos had been changed until they were leaked Saturday night, according to a person involved in negotiations about how Harris will appear on the cover. Harris’s office declined to comment and the person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity.
In a statement, Vogue said it chose Harris’s more casual image for the cover because the photograph captured “his authentic and approachable nature, which we believe is one of the hallmarks of the Biden-Harris administration.”
But the magazine said it published both images as digital covers to “respond to the seriousness of this moment in history and the role that she has to assume in moving our country forward.”
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Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, posed in the blue suit in front of a gold background for the cover of the magazine. He also posed more casually in pants, a jacket and tennis shoes against a pink and green background for photographs to be used inside the magazine, the person said. Pink and green are the colors of Harris’s college sisterhood, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Vogue published both images online, but the photo of Harris in tennis will be the one that will make the cover of the fashion bible in its print edition.
The person familiar with the negotiations said Harris’s team expressed disappointment to Vogue over the decision for the magazine.
The cover also generated a scandal on social networks as people said they were disappointed about how the magazine decided to present the first female vice president on its cover.
Harris will be sworn in as vice president on January 20.