While being questioned on The Economist’s podcast called “The Economist Ask” with Anne McElvoy, Vogue’s Anna Wintour was asked to analyze the current first lady’s fashion statement. Wintour answered without mentioning the president’s wife.
“Well, I think first lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion,” Wintour said. “She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador that this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion.”
“But she’s not the first lady now. So what about the one you’ve got now?” McElvoy asked, trying to get a comment about the current first lady specifically.
“To me, [Obama] is the example that I admire,” Wintour retorted.
As Fox News pointed out, the wife of former President Barack Obama appeared on Vogue‘s cover three times during her eight years in the White House. Former first lady Hillary Clinton appeared once, and the current first lady only graced the cover after she married Donald Trump in 2005.
Wintour’s stance comes after CNN questioned in April why first ladies appear on the cover of Vogue while the current president’s spouse has not since she moved into the White House.
The current POTUS’ camp previously dismissed Wintour and called her “small-minded.”
“To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was first lady,” spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said, according to Fox News.
“Her role as [the] first lady of the United States and all that she does is much more important than some superficial photoshoot and cover,” Grisham added. “This just further demonstrates how biased the fashion magazine industry is, and shows how insecure and small-minded Anna Wintour really is. …”
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) July 21, 2019