Kamala Harris Featured On Vogue Cover Days Before Inauguration

The February issue of Vogue has just been unveiled, featuring Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

In the accompanying interview, Harris explains that she and President-elect Joe Biden plan to hit the ground running after inauguration day. The first order of business, she says, will be tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We think about the first 100 days in terms of what we need to do to support mayors and governors and local officials around their distribution and their public-health systems,” she says. “When we get control of this pandemic, that’s going to be a critical factor in being able to reopen our economy.”

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She also opens up about the philosophy that will guide the new administration as it attempts to bridge the deep political rifts that have driven Americans apart during the Trump administration.

“At the risk of oversimplifying it, you don’t meet hate with hate,” Harris says. “You don’t meet one line of division with another line of division. We believe that the vast majority of American people don’t agree with that approach, don’t accept it, and don’t like it.”

Vogue shared the cover image, shot by Tyler Mitchell, on social media, in which Harris is casually outfitted in a fitted jacket over a white t-shirt, wearing black jeans and her signature Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers.

Another photo was also shared, for the cover of the digital issue, this one featuring Harris sporting a powder-blue suit.

When the cover first leaked on Saturday night, it was widely criticized on Twitter; the consensus was that the cover must be a fake.

As Vogue subsequently revealed, the cover is indeed legit. However, journalist Yashar Ali tweeted that “a source familiar with the publication” said the cover wasn’t the one that Harris’ team had agreed to, and that the photo in the blue suit was the one they were told would be used for the cover.

Vogue has since released a statement to ET Canada, which read: “The team at Vogue loved the images Tyler Mitchell shot and felt the more informal image captured Vice President-elect Harris’s authentic, approachable nature–which we feel is one of the hallmarks of the Biden/Harris administration.

“To respond to the seriousness of this moment in history, and the role she has to play leading our country forward, we’re celebrating both images of her as covers digitally.”

ET Canada also learned that Vogue “collaborated closely” with Harris “on all creative decisions” for the shoot.

“I grew up from a young age deeply understanding the rich history of these sororities and their significance,” Mitchell told Vogue of the shoot honouring Harris’s college days. “With this cover shoot with Madam Vice President-Elect Harris, I wanted the set design to pay homage to that history, to her status as an AKA, and Black sororities and sisterhoods worldwide.”

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