Melania Trump Responds to Anna Wintour's Comments About Her Vogue Cover
Don't expect first lady Melania Trump on the cover of Vogue anytime soon. The Daily Mail reports that Anna Wintour, the fashion bible's notorious editor-in-chief, implied that the magazine wouldn't be featuring the current first lady in the near future.
During an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, it was mentioned that Wintour hasn't kept the magazine nonpartisan. It didn't take long for the White House to react, with the first lady's spokesperson responding that Melania wasn't phased.
During her tenure as first lady, Michelle Obama snagged three covers. Wintour stated that the choice was easy, noting that Obama "redefined" what the role meant through her own activism. Wintour has also featured Senator Kamala Harris and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern. Hillary Clinton was on the cover of Vogue back in 1998, halfway through her husband's second term. The magazine even endorsed the former presidential nominee during her run for the White House in 2016, marking the first time in the magazine's illustrious history that such an overt political statement has been made. In the magazine's declaration, it was mentioned that the Trump family, including Ivana, Marla, Melania, and Ivanka, had been featured in the past.
"Obviously these are women that we feel are icons and inspiring to women from a global perspective," Wintour told Amanpour of those that she does choose to feature. "I also feel even more strongly now that this is not a time to try — and I think one has to be fair, one has to look at all sides — but I don't think it's a moment not to take a stand."
Melania's spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, retorted: "To be on the cover of Vogue doesn't define Mrs. Trump, she's been there, done that long before she was first lady. Her role as first lady of the United States and all that she does is much more important than some superficial photo shoot and cover."
Back in 2005, shortly after her wedding to now-President Donald Trump, Melania appeared on the cover in her heavily embellished wedding gown, which was designed by John Galliano during his time at Christian Dior.
Of course, at the time of her cover, Melania had no public political agenda or endorsements. And though she and her husband were once chummy with Wintour as members of a certain sect of New York society, the unearthing of Donald's Access Hollywood tape and the revelation of his misogynistic behavior — not to mention his inflammatory remarks about the media — have, unsurprisingly, made him unwelcome in that sphere in the years since his rise to power. Melania stayed mum on his offenses.
It should also be noted that Wintour has not turned her back on the entire conservative cohort. In 2018, Mitt and Anne Romney were attendees at the Met Gala.
Grisham added that Melania wouldn't be available for a second cover, even if the invitation was presented to her. Instead, she's focusing on her Be Best campaign.
Updated 4/15: This story has been updated from an earlier version.