(Headline USA) Vice President Kamala Harris’ team was reportedly upset with her controversial Vogue cover, which showed her wearing a casual jacket and sneakers, and claimed the picture was “disrespectful.”
A new book by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns alleges that Harris’ team was caught off-guard when Vogue released its cover story of the vice president. Harris reportedly expected the cover photo to be one with her in traditional business attire, but was instead photographed in casual wear.
“Harris was wounded. She felt belittled by the magazine, asking aides: Would Vogue depict another world leader this way?” the book states, according to Politico.
When Harris’ team brought the vice president’s concerns to Vogue, editor-in-chief Anna Wintour dismissed them, telling Harris’ then-press secretary Symone Sanders that it was meant to make the vice president “relatable.”
The Biden team also dismissed Harris’ complaints, telling her team that the Vogue cover was the least of their concerns.
“The Biden adviser told [Harris’s chief of staff Tina] Flournoy that this was not the time to be going to war with Vogue over a comparatively trivial aesthetic issue,” the book says. “Tina, the adviser said, these are first-world problems.”
The scuffle between the two offices was just one example of tension between President Joe Biden and Harris. According to the authors, Harris also felt offended that White House staff did not stand when she entered a room like they did for Biden.
The book also alleges that First Lady Jill Biden was distraught that her husband’s team chose Harris as his vice president, especially after she accused him of being racist during the 2020 Democratic primary debates.
“There are millions of people in the United States. Why … do we have to choose the one who attacked Joe?”
Jill Biden allegedly said of Harris. “Go f**k yourself.”