The February 2021 issue of Vogue features Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the cover.
The cover has sparked criticism for appearing casual and “washed out,” with the Vice President-elect’s team blindsided by the magazine’s choice.
The photo began circulating on social media late Saturday.
Harris is shown with her arms crossed, wearing a dark suit in the photo. She is wearing her trademark Converse sneakers in front of a pink and green backdrop.
In an additional release, the magazine portrayed another photo of Harris wearing a powder blue suit. According to a source, this was the original photo meant to be the cover.
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“Aides to Harris and Vogue had the understanding that the blue suit/gold background would be the cover photo. Without telling Harris’ team, Vogue changed it to the pink/green photo which the Vice President-elect’s team did not agree to,” the source said.
Another source described Harris’ team as being “blindsided” when the cover was released.
According to the source, the original intended use for the image showing Harris in her Converse sneakers was a smaller photo.
The original plan was to feature this photo in the actual Vogue story.
Tyler Mitchell, a famed photographer, took both of the photos.
Mitchell, 26, became the magazine’s first African American photographer to shoot a Vogue cover in the magazine’s over 125-year history.
This happened when he photographed singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter for the September 2018 issue.
A representative for Mitchell did not respond to a request to comment, but he tweeted for the powder blue suit cover.
Photo Source: Vogue