As we count down the days of the Presidential inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, Madam Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris; has graced us with two February Vogue Covers, highlighting a new simple way of envisioning fashion and beauty that sets a new standard for all women across the globe.
The former Howard University alum was photographed in Vogue’s latest upcoming issue for February of 2021. Harris is seen sporting a light blue suit designed by Micheal Kors. Her simple yet elegant attire invokes a delicate yet confident symbolic message of healing that the democratic party has been working hard to restore within American democracy.
Vogue’s February issue has received backlash from critics stating that the cover photos are “too casual,” “washed out,” and “amateur.”
Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue, responded to critics by highlighting the importance of Harris’s photo simplicity and honoring the Vice President -elects’ authentic nature.
Wintour addresses critics in a recent New York Times podcast stating, “When the two images arrived at Vogue, all of us felt very, very strongly that the less formal portrait of the vice-president-elect really reflected the moment that we were living in, which we are in the midst — as we still are — of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute.” States Anna Wintour.
As seen in the second cover photo, Harris is spotted wearing a set of pearls, while sporting a black blazer with jeans. Her signature shoe of choice – classic black converse sneakers.
The prominent silky and textured pink and green background pays tribute to Harris’s AKA sorority colors – highlighting her cherished sorority affiliation when she was once a student leader at the renowned historically black university, Howard.
Both Vogue covers were shot by Tyler Mitchell, a black photographer who also photographed Beyonce in one of Vogue’s 2018 cover shoots.
Harris’s authenticity embodies a new inclusive way of envisioning fashion and invites us all to challenge the social norms of womenswear within the 21st century