Kamala Harris Vogue Cover Gets Accused Of Skin-Lightening, Faces Massive Backlash Online

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Kamala Harris’s historic win was celebrated by many as she became the first female, the first woman of colour, and the first South-Asian person to be elected as the Vice President of the United States. She broke glass ceilings with her victory in the male-dominated arena.

However, her recent Vogue cover, which should have been a visual representation of her landmark win, received tremendous flak on social media.

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People online slammed Vogue for multiple reasons:

1) The final shots that are chosen for the cover are not typically Vogue’s style. One of them is informal, where Kamala Harris is seen in a pair of Converse sneakers and smiling uncomfortably. It is a full-frame shot and many expressed how the angle is unflattering and her outfit fails to put across that she is one of the most powerful women in the world.

2) Vogue has allegedly lightened her skin-tone. Whether or not it is due to poor lighting or editing is still a question. But to lighten the skin-tone of a woman whose electoral win is legendary as she is the first woman of colour to be elected as Vice President makes the entire point null and void.

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Some even pointed out that if it were a male Vice President, the Vogue cover would have looked entirely different.

Have a look at some of the tweets criticizing the cover here:

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According to NDTV, only the shot of Kamala Harris in the blue pant-suit was supposed to be on the cover. But Vogue used the pink-background image instead against Harris and her team’s knowledge. This was revealed by a source familiar with the shoot.

“Aides to Harris and Vogue had the understanding that the blue suit/gold background would be the cover photo. Without telling Harris’ team, Vogue changed it to the pink/green photo which the Vice President-elect’s team did not agree to,” the source said.

However, while Vogue hasn’t issued an official statement, a source at the magazine denied the above claim and said that Harris and her team finalised the two pictures themselves.

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