Melania Trump criticizes Vogue magazine for not featuring her on the cover

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In Melania Trump’s first interview since leaving the White House last year, the former first lady called Vogue magazine “biased” for not having her on the front cover during her tenure. On Friday, Fox Nation host Pete Hegseth asked Trump why he thought first ladies, including Jill Biden, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, had appeared on the cover and he, in his words, “never” did. (In fact, Trump appeared on the cover of the February 2005 issue, wearing his wedding dress.)

“They’re biased, and they have their likes and dislikes, and that’s very clear,” Trump said. “And I think Americans and everyone else saw it, and I had more important things to do — and I did it at the White House — than to be on the cover of Vogue.”

The Daily Beast reports that, according to Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, a former unpaid senior adviser to the first lady, Vogue did ask for a photo shoot with Trump after her husband entered office but she declined when the magazine did not guarantee cover placement. . (Vogue did not respond to The Post’s request for comment.) The statement from Trump, a former model, comes months after first lady Jill Biden appeared on the cover of the influential fashion magazine, in August 2021.

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Vogue, founded in 1892, is rarely shy about having a perspective—on fashion, celebrities, and, of course, politics. In a 2019 interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, said, referring to the question of who the magazine chose to highlight, “I think one has to be fair, one has to look from all sides. , but I don’t think it’s time not to take a stand. You have to stand up for what you believe in. You have to take a point of view. Our readers and audience respect us. … I don’t think you can try to please everyone all the time.”

In a 2019 interview with the Economist, when Wintour was asked if he didn’t think Melania Trump was the right person to highlight, he replied,I think it’s important for Vogue to support women who are leading change in this country.”

While Vogue has traditionally done photoshoots with incoming first ladies, cover appearances are a relatively new phenomenon. Even Jackie Kennedy, known for his style, only appeared in the photos on the magazine’s inner pages. Photos of Barbara Bush, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan are also featured.

When Hillary Clinton appeared on the cover in 1998, she was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Vogue, a decision Wintour explained to Amanpour: “It was a time when I felt that the first lady at that time had behaved well. in a very bold way,” he said, referring to the way Clinton handled her husband’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Vice President Harris appeared in January 2021, with photos criticized by some, including Robin Givhan of The Post, as too casual. And during Michelle Obama’s tenure, she appeared on the cover three times—a look that Wintour credits to Obama’s keen fashion sense, and a reshaping of her role as first lady. “He made the White House a place for everyone,” Wintour said.

During Trump’s tenure, Melania appeared in several online articles on the Vogue website, highlighting the various outfits she wore to public events. Melania and Donald Trump also performed at the Met Gala, an annual event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presided over by Wintour, who handpicked the guests.

While Vogue tends to prefer celebrities on its cover – Rihanna has appeared on the cover several times – highlighting political figures and activists on its pages isn’t entirely out of the ordinary. British Vogue features New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, in di . magazine 2018, calling it “anti-Trump.” In 2019, the magazine highlighted the top female candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Last year, 24-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai, known for risking her life to fight for girls’ education in Pakistan, appeared on the cover of British Vogue magazine.

“We profile women in magazines who we believe in the stand they take on the issues we support,” Wintour told Amanpour.

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