Monday, January 11, 2021
Critique of “Vogue” cover by Kamala Harris
On January 20, Kamala Harris became the first woman to serve as US Vice President. In view of the historic moment, Vogue dedicates the cover of the new issue to the democrat. On Twitter, however, the title page causes criticism. The magazine’s choice of images is “disrespectful,” they say.
Kamala Harris, the incoming Vice-President under the 46th President-elect Joe Biden, greets from the cover of the February issue of Vogue. How she does this, however, causes displeasure among her followers, who have since vehemently criticized the magazine’s selection of images. The basic tenor: The photo does not even come close to doing justice to the historic moment of the first woman as Vice President of the United States of America.
Many Instagram and Twitter users cannot understand why the more serious photo of Harris in a blue blazer against a yellow background was not chosen, which instead ended up inside the magazine. On the other hand, the cover of the print edition made it into an unflattering image, to say the least of the criticism. Harris can be seen on a pink curtain on a green background, she wears simple trainers on her feet.
“It speaks volumes when someone’s Wikipedia picture is better than the ‘Vogue’ cover photo,” writes a Twitter user. Another explains why the cover failed in her eyes: The picture is “far, far below the standards” of “Vogue”. “You weren’t worried. Like homework that needs to be done quickly in the morning. Disrespectful.”
The picture has no aesthetics whatsoever and looks like it was shot spontaneously and without esprit. And the lighting, which makes Harris look unnaturally pale, is also a disaster, some say.