July 2, 2022


Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

Kamala Harris February Vogue cover causes online backlash

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ Vogue cover is getting a lot of hate online.

Harris was revealed to be the magazine’s February 2021 cover star Saturday night when two separate images were leaked by the Twitter account Models Daily. In one photo, Harris is pictured wearing a formal powder blue Michael Kors Collection suit. In the other she wears a dark blazer, jeans and Converse Chuck Taylors.

The latter image has come under fire for its lighting, backdrop and wardrobe direction. It was initially believed to be fake until Vogue confirmed both covers in a tweet Sunday morning.

The photos were met with swift backlash on social media, with many people calling the images disrespectful, unflattering and even racist. In addition — decrying “lazy” art direction — many people complained that Harris’ skin tone appeared washed out, saying the full length portrait resembles a test shot.

Commentators have speculated that the photo generating the backlash is the one intended for paying subscribers of its print issue, and headed for newstands. Vogue has not commented, but the leaked image from Models Daily does bear a bar code.