A miffed Melania Trump spoke in an interview about the “obvious” apparently political bias of Vogue magazine executives who kept her out of 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 on Friday in her first interview since leaving the White House. ″I think Americans and everybody see it [the Vogue bias]. It was their decision,” Trump said.
She was responding to Hegseth’s observation that Jill Biden, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton all appeared 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 that at the White House — than be on the cover of Vogue.”
Other GOP first ladies, including Laura and Barbara Bush, never had their moment on the cover of Vogue.
Melania Trump appeared on the cover in 2005 in her wedding dress shortly after marrying Donald Trump.
Melania Trump’s former friend and volunteer senior adviser, Stephanie Winston-Wolkoff, has claimed the former first lady was offered a Vogue shoot when Donald Trump was in the White House, but declined to unless she is assured of coverage.
When Vogue editor 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, “If you’re talking about the first lady [Michelle Obama] or senator [Kamala] Harris, these are obviously women who we consider to be icons and inspirational to women from a global perspective.
She added that now was not the time “not to take a stand. I think you can’t be everything to everyone. Those of us who work at [Vogue publisher] Conde Nast thinks you have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view,” added Wintour.
Melania Trump also used her interview with Fox News to criticize the “leadership” in the face of the shortage of infant formula in the United States.
The Biden administration isn’t making formula; it is manufactured and sold by three large companies, which have little competition and strong market control.
The shortage was triggered in part by pandemic-related supply chain issues, combined with a massive safety recall by the largest formula producer, Abbott Nutrition, which was forced to close its Michigan plant early. this year due to contamination issues.