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[Photos via Kamala Harris/United States Senate via Wikimedia Commons, Anna Wintour/Myleskalus via Wikimedia Commons]

Over the weekend, Vogue officially announced that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is the February 2021 cover star. However, the unveiling of the new magazine cover didn’t go down as well as Vogue may have hoped.

Harris’ photoshoot quickly earned criticism from onlookers online. Now, Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour has finally responded to the comments the photoshoot has received.

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Over the years, Vogue‘s covers have sparked some controversy. Last year, Harry Styles appeared on the magazine’s cover wearing a dress. The styling choice and photoshoot eventually caused a rift between fans and onlookers that Styles himself subtly addressed.

Now, it looks like Vogue has a new controversy on its hands. On Jan. 10, Vogue unveiled its February 2021 cover which features Kamala Harris. Harris can be seen wearing her Converse, which went viral last year, along with a black pantsuit and white shirt. An alternate cover shows Harris in a powder blue pantsuit with a golden backdrop behind her.

Although many are excited to see the Vice President-elect appear on the cover, the photoshoot quickly earned criticism. For the most part, onlookers are critiquing the photoshoot’s lighting and overall styling.

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According to Entertainment Tonight, Harris and her team initially agreed that the image of her in the blue suit would be the official cover. However, Harris’ team reportedly never asked for photo approval from Vogue.

Some argue that the image of Harris in the black pantsuit should have never been a contender for the cover of Vogue. Meanwhile, others think the photoshoot is a slight to the Vice President-elect.

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Now, Anna Wintour has responded to the criticism. During a recent episode of Sway, a New York Times podcast, host Kara Swisher read a formal statement from Wintour. The Editor-in-Chief says that Vogue, in no way, was trying to “diminish” Harris and her recent victory. If anything, Vogue was trying to celebrate the historic win.

“Obviously we have heard and understood the reaction to the print cover,” she says. “And I just want to reiterate that it was absolutely not our intention to, in any way, diminish the importance of the vice president-elect’s incredible victory. We want nothing but to celebrate Vice President-elect Harris’ amazing victory and the important moment this is in America’s history, and particularly for women of color all over the world.”

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Wintour goes on to say that Vogue made the final decision on what the cover would be. At the time, the publication believed both images showed different sides to Harris – one being more professional and the other more laid back.

“There was no formal agreement about what the choice of the cover would be,” Wintour continues. “When the two images arrived at Vogue, all of us felt very, very strongly that the less formal portrait of the vice president-elect really reflected the moment that we were living in, which we were in the midst, as we still are, of the most appalling pandemic that is taking lives by the minute. We felt to reflect this tragic moment and global history, a much less formal picture, something that was very, very accessible and approachable and real, really reflected the hallmark of the Biden-Harris campaign and everything they’re trying to, and I’m sure will, achieve.”

According to Entertainment Tonight, both Vogue and Harris’ team were in constant contact throughout the process. However, at no point did Vogue say the cover was being changed.

What are your reactions to Kamala Harris’ Vogue cover? Which cover image do you like more? Let us know in the comments below.