Add another person – or rather a group – to the list of President Trump’s enemies: American fashion magazines. Their sin? Not putting First Lady Melania Trump on a single magazine cover while in the White House.
On Friday, the president retweeted a story by Breitbart that lambasted “elitist snobs in the fashion press” for blackballing the “most stylish first lady in American history.” President Trump clearly agreed, tweeting that the First Lady was “the greatest of all time” before adding his traditional “fake news!” coda.
As Business Insider noted, the president’s supporters have often claimed that Melania Trump’s lack of magazine covers is evidence of a leftist bias in fashion magazines. Earlier this year, actor and Trump supporter James Woods tweeted “if you need any more proof of the liberal mainstream media‘s shameless bias, the most amazing First Lady in American history n ‘has ever graced our country’s leading style magazine covers’.
By comparison, Michelle Obama graced 12 magazine covers during her eight years as first lady, including three Vogue cover sessions. Vogue editor Anna Wintour told CNN last year that you “have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view.” (Wintour was recently named Global Content Director at Condé Nast.)
Melania Trump previously criticized Wintour’s decision to have Beyonce edit a number. “Anna gave Beyonce the September issue of Vogue — full, full, full, everything —,” Melania Trump said in a July 2018 call that was later leaked to NBC. “She hired a black photographer, and he’s the first black photographer to do the cover of Vogue.”