Kamala Harris' Vogue Cover Is Sparking Criticism — Here's Why

    Kamala deserved better.

    In 2020, Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, first Black woman, and first person of South Asian heritage to become vice president of the United States.


    To commemorate her historic rise, you'd think her first Vogue cover as vice president-elect would be grand, meticulously produced, and flawless.

    Well, on Saturday, people on Twitter got an early glimpse at Kamala's Vogue debut after one of the covers leaked, and it was pretty lackluster. It featured Kamala in Converse:

    Vice president-elect Kamala Harris is on the cover of Vogue’s February issue

    People thought it was so bad that it had to have been fake:

    @supermodeldaiIy 1. Kamala would never dress like that for a photo shoot 2. Vogue would never use that background 3. It looks extremely photoshopped Conclusion: it’s fake and if it’s not we’re gonna need a whole do over


    Twitter: @DixPeyton

    Apparently the Vogue cover with Kamala is fake. Let us all pray because...

    Twitter: @iamntyrell

    Well, on Sunday, Vogue dropped the officials covers, and turns out, the Converse cover is real:

    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

    Twitter: @voguemagazine

    People were not happy at all with it:

    Folks who don't get why the Vogue cover of VP-elect Kamala Harris is bad are missing the point. The pic itself isn't terrible as a pic. It's just far, far below the standards of Vogue. They didn't put thought into it. Like homework finished the morning it's due. Disrespectful.

    Wait that Kamala Vogue cover is real?! I thought it was fake—that’s how bad it is. Did they just ask her to send them photos her husband took or

    Twitter: @AngryBlackLady

    People, I'll shoot shots of VP Kamala Harris for free using my Samsung and I'm 100% confident it'll turn out better than this Vogue cover. We can shoot it in my yard using natural sunlight and it'll still be better.

    Twitter: @WajahatAli

    They called out the lighting, and how it washed her out:

    Kamala Harris is about as light skinned as women of color come and Vogue still fvcked up her lighting. WTF is this washed out mess of a cover?

    @idohotshit @emsprater1 @darlinginmyway @AynRandPaulRyan @notcapnamerica @KamalaHarris The lighting is horrible on her in that photo. She looks very washed out and it’s very out of focus. They could have done better. This has nothing to do with the backdrop. It’s about the fact that this picture looks like it was taken as if she was on the go

    Twitter: @AlmieetUThere

    They also called out Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the magazine's pattern of poorly depicting Black women on their covers:

    Anna Wintour needs to go. If the only time her team can properly style a black women is when she’s covered in couture then her tenure has ran it course. Look at how Kamala Harris’ Elle cover straight up bodied Vogue. Electric chair!

    Inez & Vinoodh / Elle/ Vogue / Twitter: @PTA_Daddy

    @voguemagazine @KamalaHarris Vogue US never captures Black women right, it’s a shame. Elle did a much better job. You should be ashamed of these covers you can’t tell me these were the best pics taken and that cheap curtain background is low budget.

    Twitter: @tify330

    Others emphasized how it didn't do justice for Kamala as the first woman and person of color to become vice president.

    @voguemagazine @KamalaHarris The cover on the left (with the Chuck Ts) had no business being selected or even offered as an option. This speaks volumes of how you view our Madam Vice President.

    Twitter: @AdrienneLaw

    Kamala looks beautiful in whatever she wears- and I love that she's brought Chucks back- but this Vogue cover is unworthy of the first woman, POC, Vice President of the United States.

    What are your thoughts on the cover? Let me know in the comments below.