The hotly-debated image, which shows Harris in a black jacket and Converse sneakers, was not the one she had expected to run on the front of the print edition. A source familiar with discussions said Harris’ team believed the cover would feature her posing in a light blue suit against a gold background.
Vogue revealed a second “digital” cover featuring Harris in a blue suit. Credit: Tyler Mitchell/Vogue
A spokesperson for Vogue did not comment on the discussions between the magazine and the Vice President-elect’s team, but said in an emailed statement that Vogue “loved the images Tyler Mitchell shot and felt the more informal image captured Vice President-elect Harris’s authentic, approachable nature — which we feel is one of the hallmarks of the Biden/Harris administration.
“To respond to the seriousness of this moment in history, and the role she has to play leading our country forward, we’re celebrating both images of her as covers digitally.”
Both images were taken by Tyler Mitchell, who famously became the first Black photographer to shoot an American Vogue cover when he captured Beyoncé for the magazine’s September 2018 issue. Mitchell posted just one of the covers to Instagram — the one of Harris in a blue suit. Mitchell did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
A ‘washed out mess’
The article also said that the Vice President-elect’s styling choices “were her own,” and that the image “reflects Harris at her casual best.”
The cover of Vogue’s February 2021 issue. Credit: Tyler Mitchell/Vogue
“A bit of awe would have served the magazine well in its cover decisions. Nothing about the cover said, ‘Wow.’ And sometimes, that’s all Black women want, an admiring and celebratory ‘wow’ over what they have accomplished.”
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“I always say this: I may be the first to do many things — make sure I’m not the last,” Harris told journalist Alexis Okeowo. “I was thinking of my baby nieces, who will only know one world where a woman is vice president of the United States, a woman of color, a Black woman, a woman with parents who were born outside of the United States.”
Elsewhere in the interview, she reiterated that Covid-19 will be the Biden-Harris administration’s main priority during its first 100 days.
“The first line of approach has to be to get control of this pandemic,” she is quoted as saying.