Trump supporters have frequently complained that Melania Trump has been snubbed by Vogue , which has thus far avoided featuring her in a fashion feature since she’s become first lady. A new interview with the woman at the fashion tome’s helm, Anna Wintour, may only add more fuel to the fire.
Though the Slovenian former model graced a 2005 cover in her wedding dress after marrying future president Donald Trump, she’s yet to enjoy the three cover turns of her predecessor, Michelle Obama. And it’s the former first lady who Wintour preferred to discuss in a new interview for The Economist’s podcast released this past week.
Speaking to interviewer Anne McElvoy, the British editor-in-chief dodged questions about Mrs. Trump’s flair for fashion, choosing to instead hail Obama as “the best ambassador this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion.”
Despite being asked about Trump’s wardrobe during her recent visit to the U.K., Wintour gushed about Obama.
“I think first lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion,” she responded. “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.”
“But she’s not the first lady now,” McElvoy pressed. “So what about the one you’ve got now?”
“To me she [Obama] is the example that I admire,” Wintour said.
And when asked if she’d ever help President Trump with fashion advice, she said only, “I think he’s unlikely to call.”
Wintour’s icing-out of the Trumps didn’t go unnoticed by listeners.
Anna was like “Melania who?” Lol 🤣— Jenn P Lamb (@jennieplam) July 21, 2019
The definition of grace. Wintour is the baddest.— O.N.K.E (@ForeverOnke) July 21, 2019
Trump supporters may not be so thrilled, however. In April, after Wintour hinted to CNN that she would “take a stand” by not giving the new FLOTUS a cover, then-spokeswoman and new White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham shot back with a testy statement.
“To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was first lady,” Grisham said.
“Her role as first lady of the United States and all that she does is much more important than some superficial photo shoot and cover,” she added. “This just further demonstrates how biased the fashion magazine industry is, and shows how insecure and small-minded Anna Wintour really is.”
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