“We have to figure out a way—and I mean this sincerely—to be able to steal time for one another. I think that’s the deal,” he says.

A first lady in the pages of Vogue, or on the cover, has — for the last several decades — become an American publishing tradition; almost every modern first lady has been photographed for the magazine.

The exception was Melania Trump, whose tenure in the White House was tied to the controversies of President Donald Trump. There have been conflicting arguments as to which side — Trump’s or Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour’s — was responsible for keeping Trump, a former model, from being featured.

Neither spoke of it publicly, but Wintour was vocal about her thoughts on Donald Trump, using her editorial note in the March 2020 issue of Vogue to endorse Biden for president, pointing to the 45th President’s “dishonesty,” and “shocking lack of empathy.” In a 2019 interview when asked specifically about Melania Trump’s fashion, Wintour changed the subject to Trump’s predecessor, Michelle Obama.

“She was the best ambassador that this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion,” said Wintour.

Obama was indeed a Vogue favorite, posing for a first lady-record three covers during her eight years in the White House, her first in 2009, and second in 2012. Obama’s last Vogue cover feature was December 2016.


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