Before being sworn-in as the first female Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris is gracing the cover of Vogue Magazine. The Senator who’s easy on the eyes looks stunning and as vice-Presidential as ever in her trademark pearls and a traditional powder blue pantsuit, before a brownish-gold background. While it’s not the main cover, it is the cover approved by the VP elect. The initial cover released has been rejected by fans of the Senator and Vogue has received strong criticism for its less-than-vogue depiction of Harris in a black suit and converse sneakers.
The Harris team says they were blind-sided by the initial cover, which is poor in fashion and lacks any artistic depth; some have compared the release to Simone Biles who also received a less-than-vogue portrait and was also the victim of bad lighting in one of her images. In response to the backlash, Vogue said, they choose the casual cover because it showed Harris’s “authentic, approachable nature, which we feel is one of the hallmarks of the Biden-Harris administration.”
Harris, who been criticized in the past for her record against Black men as District Attorney and Attorney General in San Francisco, will have her work cut out for her as Vice-President. For the past four years, Democrats have repeatedly accused outgoing President, Donald J. Trump of being racist; however, President Trump was a strong advocate for criminal justice reform and Black employment which counters VP elect Harris as well as President-elect Joe Biden who created the 1994 crime bill and branded Black men and boys as predators. The Biden-Harris administration has strong support from the media and fashion magazines like Vogue, however, it will be a testament of the Biden-Harris adminstration if they keep the promises made on the campaign trail to the Black community.
The full Vogue article on VP elect Harris can be found on Vogue.com.