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Harris team blindsided by Vogue cover

Free Press wire reports | 1/14/2021, 6 p.m.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has landed on the cover of the February issue of Vogue magazine, but her team says ...
The February issue of Vogue magazine’s cover will show Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in a casual look, right, instead of the cover on the left that the Harris team approved.

WILMINGTON, Del. - Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has landed on the cover of the February issue of Vogue magazine, but her team says there’s a problem: The photo of the country’s soon-to-be No. 2 leader isn’t what both sides agreed upon, her team says.

Instead of the powder blue power suit Vice President-elect Harris wore for her cover shoot, the first African-American woman elected vice president is seen in more casual attire and wearing Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers, which she sometimes wore on the campaign trail.

The Harris team was unaware that the cover photo had been switched until images leaked late last Saturday, according to a person involved in the negotiations over how the vice president-elect would be featured on the cover. Her office declined comment and the person spoke Sunday on the condition of anonymity.

Representatives for Vogue did not respond Sunday to emailed requests for comment.

Vice President-elect Harris, a former U.S. senator from California who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, posed in the light blue suit in front of a gold backdrop for the magazine’s cover. She also posed, more casually dressed in slacks, a blazer and sneakers in front of a pink and green background, for photos that were planned for inside the magazine, the person said. Pink and green are the colors of Vice President-elect Harris’ sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

Vogue has released both images online, but the photo of a sneaker-clad Vice President-elect Harris is the one that will grace the cover of the fashion bible’s print edition.

The person with knowledge of the negotiations said the vice president-elect’s team has expressed to Vogue its disappointment over the magazine’s decision.

The cover also generated outrage on social media as posters expressed disappointment in how the magazine decided to present the nation’s first female vice president on its cover.

Vice President-elect Harris is set to be sworn in as vice president on Wednesday, Jan. 20.