The Vogue Editor-in-Chief was asked to comment on First Lady Melania Trump's sartorial choices.
It seems like Anna Wintour takes the proverb, "If you don't have anything nice to day, say nothing at all", quite seriously, especially when it comes to fashion in politics.
In an interview on The Economist's podcast, the Vogue Editor-in-Chief was asked to comment on First Lady Melania Trump's sartorial choices, and Wintour avoided the question as if she was in fact a member of parliament. Translation: she was deliberately tight-lipped to the point of dismissive.
The topic arose when host, Anna McElvoy, said, in reference to Trump's recent visit to the UK:
[Melania] I think, very consciously, wanted to see herself as an ambassador for British fashion, in this case, or a transatlantic ambassador, Do you value that?
Wintour answered by ignoring McElvoy’s question entirely and talking about Michelle Obama instead.
"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 this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion," Wintour continued
"But she’s not the first lady now," McElvoy demurred. "So what about the one you’ve got now?"
But Wintour didn’t bite. Instead of saying her true thoughts on Trump’s fashion, the Vogue editor responded, “To me, [Obama] is the example that I admire."
And that friends, is how you throw shade with class.
Earlier this year, there was some controversy when Wintour suggested the magazine would not be profiling Melania as First Lady in the magazine like they did with Hilary Clinton, and Michelle Obama three times.
However, Melania has graced the cover of the illustrious US Vogue, after her marriage to Donald Trump in 2005.
"I think it's very, very important to have a point of view, and we profile women in the magazine that we believe in," Wintour said in an interview with Christiane Amanpour.
But don't worry, Melania isn't bothered. In response to Wintour’s comments, a spokesperson for the First Lady told Fox News that a fashion cover “doesn’t define” Trump or her legacy.
To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was first lady,
The spokesperson continued: “Her role as first lady of the United States and all that she does is much more important than some superficial photoshoot and cover. This just further demonstrates how biased the fashion magazine industry is, and shows how insecure and small-minded Anna Wintour really is.”
And that friends, is a lesson in how not to throw shade.
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