Why Melania Trump Is Slamming Vogue and Anna Wintour
Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman criticized Vogue's editor, Anna Wintour, after Wintour gave an interview about the magazine's political coverage but didn't mention her
Echoing President Donald Trump‘s frequent disapproval of any press he perceives as insulting, First Lady Melania Trump‘s team is criticizing Vogue and its editor, Anna Wintour, after Wintour gave an interview to CNN last week that did not mention Mrs. Trump.
In the sit-down with Christiane Amanpour published on Tuesday, Wintour discussed a wide range of topics including Vogue‘s political coverage, which has largely focused on Democratic figures such as former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
And while Michelle Obama was a regular on the cover during her eight years as first lady — and the magazine has a tradition of photographing incoming first ladies dating back decades — Mrs. Trump, 48, has been an exception. (She did appear on the cover in February 2005 when she married President Trump, who was then a reality TV star.)
Wintour, 69, did not mention Mrs. Trump by name in her CNN interview and discussed her philosophy to political coverage only in broad terms.
“You have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view,” Wintour said.
“I think it’s very, very important to have a point of view,” she said. “We profile women in the magazine that we believe in the stand that they’re taking on issues. We support them in the fact that we feel they are leaders. Particularly after the defeat of Secretary Clinton in 2016, we believe that women should have a leadership position and we intend to support them.”
Referring to Obama and Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic candidate for the presidency, Wintour said, “These are women we feel are icons and inspiring to women from a global perspective.”
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A Fox News video published Friday described Wintour as “overlook[ing]” Mrs. Trump.
That same day, in a statement to Fox News and later shared with PEOPLE, Mrs. Trump’s spokeswoman sharply criticized Wintour’s CNN interview and Vogue.
“To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was first lady,” Stephanie 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. This just further demonstrates how biased the fashion magazine industry is, and shows how insecure and small-minded Anna Wintour really is. Unfortunately, Mrs. Trump is used to this kind of divisive behavior.”
Wintour was diplomatic about the possibility of putting Mrs. Trump in the magazine after her husband won the presidency in 2016.
“We have a tradition of always covering whoever is the first lady at Vogue and I can’t imagine that this time would be any different,” Wintour told the Wall Street Journal in February 2017.
Since her husband’s political career launched in earnest in 2015, Mrs. Trump has generally avoided his same incendiary style — including frequently attacking others on Twitter.
Mrs. Trump’s signature campaign as first lady, “Be Best,” includes anti-bullying efforts, which critics have called hypocritical given the president’s behavior.
Mrs. Trump has spoken out in the past about what she feels is unfair scrutiny of her.
“I could say I’m the most bullied person on the world,” she told ABC News last year.