Anna Wintour shades Melania Trump by refusing to discuss her while praising Michelle Obama as the 'best ambassador'
While Michelle has graced the cover of Vogue around three times so far, Melania, a former model, is yet to appear on it since becoming the first lady.
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has praised former first lady Michelle Obama for being the best ambassador for the US, while shading first lady Melania Trump by refusing to discuss her. While Michelle has graced the cover of the magazine around three times so far, Trump, a former model, is yet to appear on it since becoming the first lady.
While Wintour not asking Melania to be on the cover ever since she became the first lady may be a shade on its own, during an interview with Anne McElvoy on The Economist's podcast, Wintour made her preference clear by gushing about Michelle while cleverly avoiding questions about Melania.
"I think First Lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion. She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion," Wintour shared of Michelle.
McElvoy then attempted to bring the attention back to Melania by asking, "But she’s not the first lady now. What about the one you have now?" Wintour calmly responded that Michelle is the one she admires. It was evident from the clip that Wintour did not want to discuss Melania and it was the second time during the podcast she avoided talking about Melania. Earlier on in the recording, McElvoy had asked Anna why seem to have kept her distance from the Trumps, especially Melania.
Anna didn't answer directly and deflected the query by saying that there were many women in politics who deserve to be celebrated.
When asked whether she felt Melania is not the right person to feature on Vogue, Anna said, "I think it’s important for Vogue to support women who are leading change in this country."
Wintour had previously hinted to CNN that she would "take a stand" by not giving FLOTUS (Melania) a cover. Anna was also asked whether she would ever help POTUS with fashion advice, to which she said, "I think he’s unlikely to call."