WILMINGTON, DEL. – US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris landed on the cover of the February issue of Vogue magazine, but her team says there’s a problem: The photo of the country’s future leader isn’t what the two of them sides had agreed, his team said.
Instead of the powder blue suit Harris wore for her photoshoot, the first African-American woman elected vice-president is instead seen in a more casual outfit and wearing Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, which she occasionally wore during the election campaign.
Harris’s team were unaware that the cover photo had been changed until images leaked on Saturday night, according to someone involved in negotiations over how Harris would be featured on the cover. Harris’s office declined to comment and the person spoke on Sunday on condition of anonymity.
Representatives for Vogue did not respond to email requests for comment on Sunday.
Harris, of Jamaican and Indian descent, posed in the light blue suit in front of a gold background for the magazine cover. She also posed, more casually dressed in slacks, a blazer and sneakers in front of a pink and green background, for photos that were planned inside the magazine, the person said. Pink and green are the colors of Harris’ college sisterhood, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Vogue released both images online, but the photo of a Harris clad in sneakers is the one that will adorn the cover of the print edition of The Fashion Bible.
The person familiar with the negotiations said the Harris team had expressed to Vogue their disappointment with the magazine’s decision.
The cover also sparked outrage on social media, with the posters expressing disappointment over the magazine’s decision to feature the country’s first vice president on its cover.
Harris is expected to be sworn in as vice president on Jan.20.