Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson joined CNN on Tuesday, where she addressed being snubbed by Vogue magazine. Just a day earlier, Vogue published a profile of the other five female candidates with the headline, “Madam President? Five Candidates on What It Will Take to Shatter the Most Stubborn Glass Ceiling,” with the spread photographed by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
In response to Williamson’s absence, Vogue said in a statement, “We’re in no way discrediting Marianne Williamson and all she’s accomplished. For the photo, Vogue wanted to highlight the five female lawmakers who bring a collective 40 years of political experience to this race.”
The irony of this is incredible. To write a whole article about women shattering glass ceilings while simultaneously marginalizing the 6th female candidate is so #Vogue. America deserves better. #Marianne2020 @marwilliamson keep your chin up and don't let them get to you.— Krystyna Kornecki (@Dr_KHorse_) July 2, 2019
Williamson did not see this as a valid reason for being excluded. When asked if that made sense, Williamson replied, “No, it absolutely does not, because the framers of the Constitution were very clear about who’s qualified to run for president, and they did not make any media, certainly not Vogue magazine, the gatekeeper here.” She later added, “If they had wanted to say you had to be an elected official, they would have, and they didn’t for a reason.”
And though Williamson went on to call this kind of media bias insidious, she said she’d still be willing to do a spread with Vogue.
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