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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be featured on Vogue’s February 2021 issue but the cover photo is stirring up debate.
On Instagram, @voguemagazine posted a shot of Harris in a dark suit and converse against a pink and green backdrop.
“For the First Female Vice President of the United States, I expect more on the cover of Vogue,” @dream_journey_jenkins wrote in the comments which amassed over 4,000 likes.
Other comments included “terrible”, “disrespectful” and “Is this an outtake?”
Hours later, Vogue posted a photo of Harris in a powder blue suit against a gold backdrop. According to CBS News, that is the “agreed-upon image” that Harris’ team expected to grace the cover of the highly esteemed fashion magazine. The two photos sit side-by-side on the online cover story.
The Los Angeles Times says, “Commentators have speculated that the photo generating the backlash is the one intended for its print issue, which goes to subscribers and newsstands.”
While Vogue was contested online, the magazine explained that the green and pink used in the shoot were a nod to Harris’ sorority. Harris was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s chapter at Howard University, the first historically Black sorority.
The article also commented on her attire, “Harris at her casual best: Converse sneakers and Donald Deal blazer—styling choices that were her own—and a bright smile.”