Vogue has taken notice after facing backlash over the February cover of Vice President Kamala Harris, and will now use a new photo for a limited edition print cover.
The magazine said Tuesday it plans to print issues with Harris in a blue power suit for its special inaugural issue.
“In recognition of the enormous interest in the digital cover, and in celebration of this historic moment, we will be publishing a limited number of special edition inaugural issues,” Vogue stated on its website.
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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
The original print cover showed Harris in a black blazer, jeans and Converse sneakers standing in front of flowing green and pink fabric, in a nod to her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. Social media users criticized the lighting and said the image was too informal.
Others said there’s a pattern of bad Vogue covers featuring Black women.
Twitter user @ghosts_hmu tweeted in a thread: “This keeps happening: Vogue features a poorly done cover of a Black woman; everyone from former Vogue employees to prominent photographers and editors to activists speak out against Wintour’s history of disrespecting Black women; and then… nothing changes.”
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Both cover images were shot by Tyler Mitchell, who is Black and previously shot Beyoncé and more recently pop star Harry Styles in a Gucci dress for the magazine’s December cover.
Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour initially defended the controversial cover as “charming,” even though it was ripped to shreds on social media.
The new inaugural issue is currently for sale on Vogue’s website.