“They’re biased, and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” Trump said. “And I think Americans and everybody sees that, and I have much more important things to do — and I did in the White House — than be on the cover of Vogue.”
The Daily Beast reported that, according to Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, the first lady’s former unpaid senior adviser, Vogue asked to have a photoshoot with Trump after her husband took office, but declined when the magazine did not guarantee cover placement. . (Vogue did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.) Trump’s remarks, a former model, come several months after first lady Jill Biden appeared on the cover of the influential fashion magazine, in August 2021.
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Vogue, founded in 1892, has rarely shied away from perspective – on fashion, celebrities and, of course, politics. In a 2019 interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the magazine’s longtime editor-in-chief Anna Wintour said, in reference to the question of who the magazine chooses to spotlight, “I think it takes To be fair, you have to look at all sides, but I don’t think this is a time not to take a stand. You have to stand up for what you believe in. You have to take a point of view. Our readers and audience respect us. …I don’t think you can try to please everyone all the time.
In a 2019 interview with The Economist, when Wintour was asked if she thought Melania Trump was the wrong person to put forward, she replied: “I think it’s important for Vogue to support the women who are leading change in this country.
While Vogue has traditionally done photo shoots with incoming first ladies, cover appearances are a relatively recent phenomenon. Even Jackie Kennedy, who was known for her style, only appeared in photographs on the inside pages of the magazine. Photographs of Barbara Bush, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan were also inside.
When Hillary Clinton appeared on the cover in 1998, she was the first of the first ladies to appear on the cover of Vogue, a decision Wintour explained to Amanpour: “It was a time when I felt like the first lady at the time behaved in a very brave way,” she said, referring to Clinton’s handling of her husband’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Vice President Harris made an appearance in January 2021, with photos that were criticized by some, including the Post’s Robin Givhan, as too casual. And during Michelle Obama’s tenure, she appeared on the cover three times — appearances Wintour attributed to Obama’s taste for fashion and her revamp of the role of first lady. “She made the White House a place for everyone,” Wintour said.
During Trump’s tenure, Melania appeared in several online-only articles on Vogue websites, which highlighted various clothes she wore to public events. Melania and Donald Trump have also made appearances at the Met Gala, an annual event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art chaired by Wintour, who selects the guests.
While Vogue tends to favor celebrities on its cover — Rihanna has been on the cover a number of times — spotlighting political figures and activists on its pages isn’t entirely out of the ordinary. British Vogue featured New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inside the magazine in 2018, hailing her as “the anti-Trump.” In 2019, the magazine shed light on the top candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Last year, 24-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai, known for risking her life fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan, appeared on the cover of British Vogue.
“We feature women in the magazine who we believe in the stance they take on the issues we support,” Wintour told Amanpour.