Kamala Harris simply landed her very first Vogue cover and the Internet is mainly dissatisfied with the method she is depicted.
The Democratic senator, who is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 as the very first female, very first Black American and very first Asian American to presume the task of Vice President, appears on the cover of the elite style publication’s February 2021 concern using a black sports jacket, white top, black trousers, in addition to 2 of her signature looks—Converse tennis shoes and a string of pearls. She is standing in the middle of a green background curtained with pink satin material—a nod to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
A photo of this cover was dripped online Saturday, Jan. 9, and later on verified to be genuine by Vogue. The image drew much criticism on social networks.
In a declaration launched to E! News, Vogue described that the objective of the shoot was to stress Harris’ “approachable” character.
“The team at 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,” the declaration checked out. “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.”
An expert informs E! News that the publication worked together carefully with Harris on the imaginative choices consisting of the styling for the shoot, which both appearances were selected by the VP-elect and her group.
“Kamala Harris is about as light skinned as women of color come and Vogue still f–ked up her lighting,” tweeted one user. “WTF is this rinsed mess of a cover?
Another individual wrote that the image “is washed out, poorly lit, stagnant, junk. How could you do such a disservice to a vibrant, beautiful woman? Shameful.”