The Vice President-elect of the United States appears on the cover of Vogue magazine's February issue in a vague photo that has sparked controversy on Twitter
Camela Harris, the Vice President of the United States, appears on the cover of the February issue of American Vogue magazine.
Yesterday (Sunday) the magazine tweeted the photos of the cover in question, and they immediately provoked controversy.
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Two photos of the Vice President-elect have been released.
In one, 56-year-old Harris stands in a room with a green wall and a pink silk curtain background, where she wears a casual black jacket by American fashion designer Donald with a white T-shirt underneath, black skinny jeans and black all-star shoes. Converse, whom she wore during the campaign, and they became her iconic symbol in the US. The look on Harris' face looked awkward with a shy and slightly childish smile.
Vice President-elect @KamalaHarris is our February cover star!
Making history was the first step.
Now Harris has an even more monumental task: to help heal a fractured America — and lead it out of crisis.
Read the full profile: https://t.co/W5BQPTH7AU pic.twitter.com/OCFvVqTlOk
- Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) January 10, 2021
In the second photo you can see Harris in a light blue tailored suit by American fashion designer Michael Kors with a white shirt underneath, a dark pearl necklace and gold jewelry, where she stands against a gold curtain with her arms folded.
In this picture Harris is smiling a big smile and full of confidence.
The photos, especially the first one on the pink background, received harsh reactions from social media surfers who accused Vogue magazine of "bleaching" Camella and retouching her natural skin color, as well as falling from the high standard that covers of the world's prestigious fashion magazine usually have.
"What a mess," New York Times magazine wrote on Twitter.
"Apparently Mrs. Anna Wintour really has no black friends or colleagues. I'm willing to photograph national team vice president Kamla Harris for free using my Samsung cell phone and I'm 100% sure it came out better from this gate."
"Camella Harris is fair-skinned in the brightest way black women can be, and yet Vogue has brightened her up more with lighting and retouching. And what's the mess behind this curtain?" Tweeted another Twitter surfer.
"It's just a lot, a lot, a lot below the standards of Vogue magazine. They put no thought into it. Just like submitting homework a minute before submission," LGBT community activist Charlotte Klimmer tweeted.
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Both photos were taken by 26-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell, who has already photographed pop star Beyonce in 2018 and actress Zendaya in May 2019, and these are gates that have become icons in the BLACK LIFE MATTERS movement.
A source familiar with the production closely told CBS News that Harris's picture in the blue suit is the one that both sides agreed would appear on the cover.
"Harris 'aides and Vogue magazine understood that the blue suit on the gold background would be the cover image. Then, and without telling Harris' team, Vogue changed the choice to a picture with the pink background that Harris did not agree with," the source said.
Another source told the news channel that Vogue was supposed to use the image inside the magazine as part of the production, and that Harris' team was surprised and shocked when the cover was released.
Vogue magazine denied the allegations and the New York Post wrote about the lightening of her skin in the photo and also about the way she was photographed, in addition to noting that Harris herself chose what to wear on the cover and her staff styled her.
"Both photos were personally selected by the Vice President-elect and her staff," the source told the news channel.
He added that "Mrs. Harris herself chose the green and pink background, because those were the colors of her brotherhood in college."
"Vogue chose this image for the cover because we think it managed to capture Harris' personality and authenticity in an amazing way. We clearly love both covers and therefore released both together digitally," it said.
Another storm that has surfaced on the net is that Harris' appearance on the cover of the reputed magazine may attract the attention of US President Donald Trump, who complained last month that his wife Melania, the White House's first lady, did not cover the magazine during his four years in the White House.
In contrast, Michelle Obama has starred on many covers including the cover of the December 2016 issue of American Vogue magazine.