Vogue US is getting slammed left and right by netizens with accusations of “whitewashing” Kamala Harris.  On 10th January, Vogue US released two pictures of their February cover which will feature the current US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  

Here is the release tweet: 

The pictures are captured by 26-year-old Tyler Mitchell. In the first picture, Harris is wearing a black Donald Deal blazer, a pair of trousers with her trademark Converse sneakers. She has paired the blazer with a white top and has accessorised herself with a pearl necklace. In the second picture, she’s wearing a blue blazer on a yellowish background.   

These photographs have outraged the netizens and Vogue has been facing backlash ever since its release. Social media users are accusing Vogue of “whitewashing” Kamala Harris and failing to keep the high standard for photographs it is known for.  

LGBTQ activist Charlotte Clymer tweeted saying “The pic itself isn’t terrible as a pic. It’s just far, far below the standards of Vogue. They didn’t put thought into it. Like homework finished the morning it’s due.” 

Here are other reactions from the micro-blogging platform Twitter:   

 According to a source that is familiar with the photoshoot, the image of Harris in the blue suit was the only one that was agreed by Harris’s side. The source claimed, “Aides to Harris and Vogue had the understanding that the blue suit/gold background would be the cover photo. Without telling Harris’ team, Vogue changed it to the pink/green photo which the Vice President-elect’s team did not agree to.”  

Another source reported that the image with the pink drape was intended to be used inside the magazine. The source claimed that Harris’s team was “blindsided”.