The Only First Lady We Acknowledge: Anna Wintour Turns An Interview Question About Melania Trump Into Praise For Michelle Obama

July 23, 2019  |  

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Vogue’s head honcho is a big fan of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Anna Wintour partnered with Mrs. O during her time in office, and now has only glowing remarks about the world’s most admired woman. During a recent interview with The Economist, Wintour skillfully side-stepped a question about Melania Trump and redirected the energy back towards Michelle.

Anne McElvoy, the  host of “The Economist Asks,” brought up how Melania wore British fits during her husband’s recent visit to the United Kingdom back in June.

Anna responded to the remark saying, “I think first lady Michelle Obama really was 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 that this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion.”


When the interviewer circled back with a, “But she’s not the first lady now. So what about the one that you’ve got now?”

“To me, she (Obama) is the example that I admire,” Wintour replied.

Earlier in the conversation, McElvoy asked Wintour if it was “a conscious decision” to not feature Melania in Vogue during her time in the White House. Melania was on the cover of Vogue bag in 2005.

“There are so many women in politics that deserve celebration,” Wintour said. The magazine recently put five 2020 woman Democratic presidential candidates on the cover.

Trump’s camp, who was clearly shaken by Vogue’s decision to not feature the current FLOTUS, decided to spin the snub into a talking point for Melania.

“To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was first lady,” White House press secretary 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,” Grisham added. “This just further demonstrates how biased the fashion magazine industry is, and shows how insecure and small-minded Anna Wintour really is.”

Clearly, they are feeling pretty slighted.



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