“To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was first lady,” Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Fox News on April 12.
The comment comes after Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, suggested that Melania wouldn’t be featured in the fashion magazine.
“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 told Fox.
She said that Wintour’s comments show “how biased the fashion magazine industry is, and shows how insecure and small-minded” the Vogue editor “really is.”
“Unfortunately, Mrs. Trump is used to this kind of divisive behavior,” Grisham added.
Wintour was recently asked by CNN why the magazine features female leaders and first ladies on its fashion covers. However, Melania hasn’t been featured once on the magazine since she began residing at the White House in January 2017. Clinton and Michelle Obama, former first ladies, have been featured several times with glowing coverage.
“You have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view,” Wintour told the outlet. “We profile women in the magazine that we believe in the stand that they’re taking on issues we support them, we feel that they are leaders.”
“If you’re talking about the first lady [Michelle Obama] or Senator [Kamala] Harris, obviously these are women that we feel are icons and inspiring to women from a global perspective,” Wintour also said. “I also feel even more strongly now that this is not a time to try — and I think one has to be fair, one has to look at all sides — but I don’t think it’s a moment not to take a stand.”
— BookSeller (@BookSel94585141) April 9, 2019
In the interview, she again lauded Obama, who was featured three times on the cover of the magazine.
She added that people who work at Vogue parent company “Conde Nast believe that you have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view.”
— F S O (@fsokentstate) October 7, 2016
Vogue has decided they don’t want @FLOTUS on the cover of their magazine ever again due to the fact that they “profile women in the magazine that we believe in the stand that they are taking on issues.”
— Jon Yahraus (@jonisnotameme) April 11, 2019
Conde Nast, owned by Advance Publications, is the parent company of The New Yorker, Wired, Vanity Fair, Pitchfork, GQ, Glamour, Bon Appétit, Ars Technica, Allure, and Reddit.
Melania was featured on Vogue’s cover in 2005 when she married Donald Trump.