Jill Biden's Vogue cover slammed as 'absolute downgrade' after Melania Trump snub
FLOTUS Jill Biden faced quite a pushback for securing the cover of Vogue magazine, which had stubbornly boycotted her predecessor Melania Trump for four years over her husband's politics.
Jill Biden wore a floral Oscar de la Renta dress as she graced the cover of the reputed fashion magazine for its August issue, which is slated to hit the shelves on July 20. The first lady was reportedly snapped this spring overlooking the South Lawn at the White House by celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz, who recently made headlines over a photoshoot for White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
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A second photo showed Biden in the Executive Residence's East Sitting Hall working at a laptop with a pencil in between her teeth, while a third showed both Joe and Jill Biden cuddling together.
First lady Jill Biden photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the cover of the August 2021 issue of Vogue https://t.co/6JZQn7zeum pic.twitter.com/VXnsowdeod— D. Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) June 29, 2021
It's worth noting that Biden was picked for the cover after the magazine boycotted Melania Trump for four years. In comparison, Michelle Obama made the cover a whopping three times during her tenure in the White House.
When asked why the magazine had taken a four-year hiatus during the Donald Trump presidency, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour said it was due to the former president's "dishonesty," and "shocking lack of empathy." And when asked to comment on Melania's fashion, she chose to speak of her predecessor Michelle instead. "She [Michelle] was the best ambassador that this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion," Wintour gushed.
That said, Biden also appeared to take aim at the Trumps. She told the magazine that her husband is "just a calmer president" and "lowers the temperature."
Critics, however, slammed Vogue magazine for boycotting ex-FLOTUS Melania Trump in their first lady profiles, with some calling Jill Biden an "absolute downgrade."
"I remember precisely this kind of coverage about Melania," conservative pundit Ben Shapiro tweeted sarcastically.
"They wouldn't let gorgeous Supermodel Melania Trump on the cover of Vogue but I just got an email that reads: Dr. Jill Biden is our August Cover Star I got a yearly subscription for Vogue this year for $2 so I can have the September big issue. I give the mag one star. Tacky," one Twitter user reacted.
"I see Jill Biden made the cover of #Vogue and all the liberal elitists want to throw it in #MelaniaTrumps face. Melania has more class in one toe than they can ever think of having," another wrote. "So Jill Biden gets the cover of Vogue!! She can’t even come close to the class of Melania. Unbelievable how the pandering of these pathetic figures keeps getting attention," a third alleged.
"Vogue is following Victoria’s Secret steps. From Victoria’s Angels to Rapinoe, from Melania Trump to Jill Biden," another quipped. "Absolute downgrade and let down from Melania. It’s worse than leftovers that are turning blue," another commented.
I remember precisely this kind of coverage about Melania https://t.co/A1v9SvzaF9— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) June 29, 2021
They wouldn't let gorgeous Supermodel Melania Trump on the cover of Vogue but I just got an email that reads:— Beth Jetton (@breezyvibe) June 29, 2021
Dr. Jill Biden is our August Cover Star
I got a yearly subscription for Vogue this year for $2 so I can have the September big issue.
I give the mag one star. Tacky.
I see Jill Biden made the cover of #Vogue and all the liberal elitists want to throw it in #MelaniaTrumps face. Melania has more class in one toe than they can ever think of having ❤️🇺🇸— Dallas Dietzenbach (@DallasDietzenba) June 29, 2021
So Jill Biden gets the cover of Vogue!! She can’t even come close to the class of Melania. Unbelievable how the pandering of these pathetic figures keep getting attention— WeThePeople (@wethepeople124) June 29, 2021
Absolute downgrade and let down from Melania. It’s worse than leftovers that are turning blue— Froggy P (@NeverGetGot) June 29, 2021
Jill Biden was questioned about her current position as part of the profile. In response, she promised to "never waste" the opportunity. "When I became the second lady -- and there was so much I wanted to do -- I always said, 'I will never waste this platform'," she said. "…And now I have a bigger platform and I feel every day, like…what could I give up? That I would want to give up? Nothing."
President Joe Biden also spoke to the magazine as part of the profile, admitting that he "misses" his wife. "I'm really proud of her. But it's not like we can just go off like we used to," he added.
His wife, meanwhile, admitted that she felt anxious during the campaign trail. "During the campaign, I felt so much anxiety from people; they were scared. When I travel around the country now, I feel as though people can breathe again," Jill Biden claimed. "I think that's part of the reason Joe was elected. People wanted someone to come in and heal this nation, not just from the pandemic, which I feel Joe did by, you know, getting shots in everybody's arms," the FLOTUS added.