Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made the cover of Vogue this week, with the fashion magazine proudly tweeting out a photo of the cover image.
However, if the editors thought that their choice of photo would be warmly embraced by Harris and her fans, they soon found out otherwise.
The tweet touted Harris as Vogue’s “February cover star.”
“Making history was the first step,” the tweet continues. “Now Harris has an even more monumental task: to help heal a fractured America — and lead it out of crisis.”
The tweet also included an image of two covers that feature Harris. In the second, she’s wearing business attire with her arms folded.
Meanwhile, the first photo — and the photo chosen for the cover of the distributed Vogue magazines — shows Harris wearing Converse shoes, a casual jacket, standing in front of a giant pink curtain.
A Vogue article explains that the photo “reflects Harris at her casual best: Converse sneakers and Donald Deal blazer — styling choices that were her own — and a bright smile.”
“Still, a closer look at the picture reveals a tribute to a formative chapter of Harris’s life: her time as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc’s Alpha chapter at Howard University,” the article continues. “Founded in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the first historically African American sorority, and its official colors, salmon pink and apple green, are iconic.”
Despite the gushing tweet, members of Harris’ team were reportedly dissatisfied with the image, with a source telling The Associated Press that they were not informed that the first image would be used.
The cover choice also didn’t go over well with some of Harris’ fans. One tweeted, “The cover with the pink backdrop is so fugly please stop sharing it, she deserves better.”
Another complained, “The cover on the left is not at all flattering and it doesn’t even look flattering. Please don’t do my sorority sister and our future Vice President like that.”
A third person cried racism, stating, “This is DISRESPECTFUL to Kamala, my Sorors, and to black people! In no way this is how you shoot the first black VP or any VP for that matter. Pull it now!!!.”