Melania Trump spoke in an interview about the “obvious” “bias”, seemingly political, of people in charge of Vogue magazine who kept her from the cover while she was first lady.
“They’re biased, and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” she told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth Friday in her first interview since leaving the White House. II think American people and everyone see it [the Vogue bias]† It was their decision,” Trump said.
She responded to Hegseth’s comment that Jill Biden, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton were all on the cover of Vogue when they were first ladies.
Kamala Harris was on the cover before she became vice president.
Trump insisted she had “much more important things to do — and I did in the White House — than be on the cover of Vogue.”
Other GOP first ladies, including both Laura and Barbara Bush, also never had their moment on the cover of Vogue.
Melania Trump appeared on the cover in 2005 in her wedding dress shortly after she married Donald Trump.
Melania Trump’s former friend and volunteer senior adviser Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff claimed the former first lady was offered a Vogue shoot while Donald Trump was in the White House but declined unless guaranteed coverage.
When Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was asked in 2019 why she chose to put more Democratic women on the cover of Vogue, she told CNN’s Christine Amanpour: “When you talk about the first lady [Michelle Obama] or senator [Kamala] Harris, these are clearly women who we believe are icons and inspirational to women from a global perspective.”
She added that it was not the time to “not take a stand. I don’t think you can be everything to everyone. Those of us who work at [Vogue publisher] Conde Nast believes you have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a stand,” Wintour added.
Melania Trump also took the opportunity in her Fox News interview to bash “leadership” for the US infant formula shortage.
The Biden administration does not produce a formula; it is made and sold by three major companies, which have little competition and strong control over the market.
The shortage was caused in part by pandemic issues in the supply chain coupled with a massive safety recall by the largest formula maker, Abbott Nutrition, which had to close its Michigan facility earlier this year over contamination concerns.