Vogue editor defends cover photo of Kamala Harris

Vogue editor defends cover photo of Kamala Harris
Vogue editor Anna Wintour said images of Kamala Harris were meant to celebrate her achievements. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US Vogue editor Anna Wintour has defended the decision following criticism of its front-cover image of Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris.

The image shows Ms. Harris wearing an informal outfit including a pair of Converse trainers and jeans.

Social media users have criticised Vogue for the photo’s “washed out” styling and lighting, saying it does not reflect Ms Harris’s achievements.

But the Vogue editor said the photos were intended to highlight her success.

Ms Wintour said in a statement to the New York Times’ Kara Swisher: “We want nothing but to celebrate Vice-President-elect Harris’s amazing victory and the important moment this is for America’s history and particularly women of colour all over the world.”

She also defended the magazine’s decision to use the picture of Ms Harris for the print cover of its February issue, rather than an alternative portrait of her in a more formal suit.

A member of the Vice-President elect’s team told AP news agency that Vogue staff, including Ms. Wintour, agreed to feature the blue-suited image on the cover, but Ms. Wintour denied that any formal agreement had been made.

Ms Wintour, who herself an influential supporter of the Democratic Party, said: “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.”

The New York Times reported citing sources at Vogue told that the second, more formal image may be used as a cover for a separate print edition.

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