Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s team was taken aback by Vogue’s decision to swap a portrait Harris negotiated for the magazine’s February 2021 issue with a washed-out shot of Harris dressed casually in sneakers.
The image stoked outrage after it leaked on social media over the weekend and was believed to be fake.
Instead of appearing in the pale blue suit that she wore for the cover shoot, Harris is pictured in a black jacket and Converse shoes, which the magazine called “styling choices that were her own,” suggesting this was the outfit she wore to the photo shoot.
The incoming vice president stands before a pink and green backdrop, the colors of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the black sorority Harris joined while a student at Howard University. Next to Harris, a headline reads: “By The People, For The People: The United States of Fashion.”
Critics derided the picture as “disrespectful” to Harris, to the office, and to black