‘She’s been there, done that!’ Melania Trump hits back at Vogue editor Anna Wintour who suggested she didn’t want the first lady on the fashion magazine’s cover
- First Lady Melania Trump hit back at Vogue editor Anna Wintour on Friday for taking a pass on having her on the cover of the fashion magazine
- ‘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 first lady’s spokeswoman said
- Wintour never said that she would not have Melania Trump on the cover but suggested that she wasn’t interested to Christiane Amanpour
- Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on the cover of the magazine three times while her husband was in office
- Melania Trump’s husband has held the position for more than two years and she has not been featured; she was on the Feburary 2005 cover, though
First Lady Melania Trump hit back at Vogue editor Anna Wintour on Friday for taking a pass at having her on the cover of the fashion magazine.
‘To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was First Lady,’ spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.
Wintour never said that she would not have Melania Trump on the cover again — the former model was featured in 2005 after she married the New York playboy and billionaire who’s now the nation’s president — yet suggested she isn’t interested.
Melania Trump appeared on the cover for the February 2005 edition of Vogue
(L-R) Donald Trump, Gemma Ward, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors and Melania Trump attend VOGUE and AERIN LAUDER host a party for MICHAEL KORS at Jean-George in the West Village on June 9, 2005 in New York City
A few months prior Melania Trump, a former model, had appeared on the fashion magazine’s cover
She’s pictured here talking to Wintour in 2004, when she was Donald Trump’s fiancee and went by her maiden name Melania Knauss. They are seen at the J Mendel Spring 2005 fashion show during Olympus Fashion Week Spring on September 13, 2004 in New York City
Melania Trump and Anna Wintour greet each other warmly at a MAC Cosmetics Hosts Launch Party for Andre Leon Talley’s Book, ALT 365 at LaGrenouille on June 7, 2005 in New York City
Interviewer Christiane Amanpour noted that Wintour had made ‘overtly’ political statements with her political profiles. She put Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic known to be plotting a 2020 run a the White House, on the cover last spring.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on the cover of the magazine three times while her husband was in office. Melania Trump’s husband has held the position for more than two years, and she has not been featured.
‘Obviously these are women that we feel are icons and inspiring to women from a global perspective,’ Wintour told Amanpour, bringing up the Democratic women. ‘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.’
Melania Trump appeared on the February 2005 cover of the Vogue shortly after her marriage to the current president. She wore a cream wedding dress for the cover photo of the iconic magazine.
She and Wintour had been on friendly terms, posing for pictures at parties over the years, including one for designer Michael Kors in 2005 where they shared a frame with the future president.
Having married a New York City real estate titan, she transformed from Melania Knauss, which had been her her maiden and modeling name, to Melania Trump after she and the developer wed in January of 2005.
Wintour endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 over Melania’s husband, as did Vogue, and helped the Democratic candidate and fellow New Yorker raise money for her failed bid for the White House.
She featured Clinton as first lady on the cover in 1998, after her husband was mid-way through his second term.
Melania’s husband has been in office for a little more than two years and has taken up anti-bullying as an issue. She has broadly promoted a campaign for children to ‘Be Best’ and has visited a number of hospitals.
‘You have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view,’ Wintour told Amanpour of how she picks her covers. ‘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.’
Grisham swatted back at Wintour in a statement on Friday afternoon that suggested another Vogue cover wouldn’t be in the first lady’s future.
‘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 said. ‘This just further demonstrates how biased the fashion magazine industry is, and shows how insecure and small-minded Anna Wintour really is. Unfortunately, Mrs. Trump is used to this kind of divisive behavior.’