Kamala Harris vice president US

Kamala Harris has become a role model to millions. Image via Twitter @tyler_mitchell_

Vogue to release revised Kamala Harris cover after photo outcry

The newly inducted US vice president will appear on a new, limited-edition cover following backlash over the first one.

Kamala Harris vice president US

Kamala Harris has become a role model to millions. Image via Twitter @tyler_mitchell_

Vogue will be releasing the new cover of Harris for the magazine’s February print edition following the backlash.

Harris has broken barriers and made history by becoming the first female vice president of the United States of America. She is the first black woman and also the first woman of South-Asian heritage to occupy the office.

Alongside new US President Joe Biden, she was sworn in at the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday 20 January.



Around the same time as Harris’s inauguration, Vogue announced that it would release a “special edition inaugural issue” following the negative response her previous cover received.

Vogue was heavily criticised for the earlier cover for the magazine’s print edition. Critics accused Vogue of whitewashing the picture of Harris. Others felt that the glamourous aesthetic the magazine was known for was absent in the picture of a casual-looking Harris, and that it was disrespectful towards Harris.

This is the cover that caused the furore:



Following the backlash, Vogue announced it would release additional copies of the magazine, this time with Harris in the powder-blue Micheal Kors suit she wore for the digital edition of Vogue.

“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 said.


Harris has not yet publicly responded to the backlash that Vogue received.


Earlier in January, editor-in-chief for Vogue, Anna Wintour, responded to the criticism against the choice of cover for Harris. She said it had not been Vogue’s intention to diminish the importance of the vice president’s victory.

“Obviously we have heard and understood the reaction to the print cover and I just want to reiterate that it was absolutely not our intention to, in any way, diminish the importance of the vice president-elect’s incredible victory,” Wintour told The New York Times.

She further explained why Vogue had chosen the less formal picture for the print edition.

“There was no formal agreement about what the choice of the cover would be. And when the two images arrived at Vogue, all of us felt very, very strongly that the less formal portrait of the vice president-elect really reflected the moment that we were living in which we are all in the midst — as we still are  — of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute.”

“And we felt to reflect this tragic moment in global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible and approachable and real, really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign and everything that they are trying to, and I’m sure will, achieve,” Wintour added.