Kamala Harris’s Vogue cover celebrated, criticized

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FILE – In this June 27, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to questions after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

(NEXSTAR) – Fashion magazine Vogue announced Sunday that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is the star of its February cover, but some were quick to criticize the selected cover photo.

According to the Associated Press, the shot of the country’s soon-to-be No. 2 leader isn’t what both sides had agreed upon, her team says.

Harris posed in the light blue suit in front of a gold backdrop for the magazine’s cover. She also posed, more casually dressed in slacks, a blazer and sneakers in front of a pink and green background, for photos that were planned for inside the magazine, a person involved in the negotiations over how Harris would be featured on the cover told the Associated Press. Pink and green are the colors of Harris’ college sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. 

Vogue has released both images online, but the photo of a sneaker-clad Harris is the one that will grace the cover of the fashion bible’s print edition.

Harris’ team was unaware that the cover photo had been switched until images leaked late Saturday, the person told the Associated Press. Harris’ office declined comment and the person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity.

The person with knowledge of the negotiations said Harris’ team has expressed to Vogue its disappointment over the magazine’s decision.

A Vogue spokesperson did not immediately respond to Nexstar for a request for comment.

Reviews of the print cover were mixed. Some are calling the sneaker photo “disrespectful” and say the lighting failed to elegantly capture Harris’ skin tone, while others celebrated the Vice President-elect’s down-to-earth fashion.

The photos were taken by 26-year-old Tyler Mitchell, who previously photographed Beyonce for the cover of Vogue in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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