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This first scandal of the Biden administration is over a Vogue magazine cover photo

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris graces the cover of Vogue magazine
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris graces the cover of Vogue magazinePhoto: Screenshot/Twitter

After years of nonstop horrific news out of the Trump administration, the first scandal of the Biden administration has finally happened. In an outrageous move reminiscent of that time former President Barrack Obama wore a tan suit, the internet is outraged over a Vogue cover photo of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The photo on the print version of the magazine shows Harris wearing her trademark Converse sneakers and a dark suit in front of a pink and green background meant to honor her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first historically Black sorority. A different photo is being used online with the article.

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But Harris’s team say they thought the other photo – showing Harris in a powder blue suit with her arms crossed – would be used as the cover photo with the more casual shot used inside the story.

Journalist Yashar Ali pointed out on Twitter that fashion magazines regularly coordinate with featured celebrities on the photos that will be used on the cover.

“In the cover that they expected,” Ali tweeted, “Vice President-elect Harris was wearing a powder blue suit. That was the cover that the Vice President-elect’s team and the Vogue team, including Anna Wintour, mutually agreed upon.”

Miscommunication aside, social media seemed to take the more casual photo as a slight to the Vice President-elect despite it showing her trademark style. The other photo is more reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s standard blue pantsuit and was deemed more professional by social media fashion experts.

The photographer, Tyler Mitchell, tweeted the blue suit photo, saying it was “for the cover.” Mitchell was the first African-American photographer to shoot a cover photo for the magazine.

“The team at Vogue loved the images Tyler Mitchell shot and felt the more informal image captured Vice President-elect Harris’s authentic, approachable nature — which we feel is one of the hallmarks of the Biden/Harris administration,” a spokesperson for Vogue told CBS News.

“There are not many Black women, let alone Black and South Asian women, that grace the covers of these high-end magazines,” another source told the outlet. “[For Harris], it was important for young men and women, people of color, to see that this is possible.”

Insurrections stormed the Capitol building last week at President Donald Trump’s urging because he has refused to accept the election results and has tried desperately to remain in office so he can continue gutting civil rights protections, praising white supremacists, and letting Americans die during a pandemic. There’s a strong chance that the president could be impeached in the next 24 hours.

But, blue pantsuit. Converse sneakers. Priorities.

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