Anna Wintour (left) and Melania Trump | Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Anna Wintour, the Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue, shaded First Lady Melania Trump in a classy, subtle way.
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Wintour was recently interviewed by Anne McElvoy for a podcast published by The Economist. During the 29 minute interview, McElvoy attempts to discuss the Trumps with Wintour.
Wintour was not having it.
‘Melania is… much more put together in a way,’ McElvoy states, after suggesting that Trump himself dresses out-of-fashion on purpose. ‘She did come to the UK and I think very consciously wanted to see herself as an ambassador for British fashion in this case, or a transatlantic ambassador. Do you value that?’
‘Well,’ Wintour begins her response. ‘I think First Lady Michelle Obama was really 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 —’
‘But she’s not the first lady now,’ McElvoy interjects, attempting to shift the conversation back to the Trumps. ‘What about the one you have now?’
‘And for me, she is the example I admire,’ Wintour says, ignoring the question and continuing to discuss Michelle Obama.
The women ‘leading change’ in America
It was clear that Wintour was not even going to mention the Trumps by name. Earlier on in the interview, McElvoy says, ‘You do seem to keep your distance from the Trumps, and Melania Trump. I think she was featured a long time ago but before she was in the White House as First Lady. She makes it to Vogue.com sometimes but not to the magazine; is that a conscious decision?’
‘There’s so many women in politics that deserve celebration, whether it’s Kirsten [Gillibrand] or Senator Harris, or Senator Warren,’ Wintour replies. ‘We just recently ran a piece in our current issue about five of the six political female candidates, all of which I felt deserved a place in Vogue. And how wonderful that after a lot of naysayers saying that after [Hillary Clinton] not succeeding that it would be very difficult to find a voice in the current presidential campaigns. How wonderful that that is not the case. I think that both Senator Warren and Senator Harris are among the top candidates right now.’
‘We just glided — or perhaps it’s clear, I don’t know — past the question of Melania and where she features in Vogue world,’ McElvoy says. ‘Do you feel that she’s not the right person to feature in the magazine?’
‘I think it’s important for Vogue to support women who are leading change in this country,’ Wintour responds, leaving it at that.
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