Vogue’s “Washed Out” Kamala Harris Cover Draws Controversy

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Kamala Harris just landed her first Vogue cover and the Internet is largely unhappy with the way she is portrayed.

The Democratic senator, who is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 as the first woman, first Black American and first Asian American to assume the job of Vice President, appears on the cover of the elite fashion magazine’s February 2021 issue wearing a black blazer, white top, black pants, as well as two of her signature looks—Converse sneakers and a string of pearls. She is standing amid a green backdrop draped with pink satin fabric—a nod to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.

A photo of this cover was leaked online Saturday, Jan. 9, and later confirmed to be authentic by Vogue. The image drew much criticism on social media. Vogue has not addressed the backlash despite E!’s request for comment.

“Kamala Harris is about as light skinned as women of color come and Vogue still f–ked up her lighting,” tweeted one user. “WTF is this washed out mess of a cover?

Another person wrote that the image “is washed out, poorly lit, stagnant, junk. How could you do such a disservice to a vibrant, beautiful woman? Shameful.”

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