Anna Wintour Has Some Things To Not Say About Melania Trump

Anna Wintour, the legendary Vogue editor-in-chief, has some opinions on Melania Trump. Unfortunately, instead of sharing them in an appearance on a podcast from The Economist ... wait, did we say "unfortunately"? That is not the word we meant to use there! We meant to say that Wintour decided to respond to a shitload of questions about Melania Trump by decidedly talking about other people. Better people!

Interviewer Anne McElvoy wanted Wintour's thoughts about Melania Trump so very badly. And she got them! Just not in the way she was going for:

MCELVOY: I'm interested, in looking, there is something so visual about the Trumps, his sort of ill-fitting suits and the strange trousers and red baseball cap. [...] Melania, put together in a much more put-together way. She did come to the UK, and I think very consciously wanted to see herself as an ambassador for British fashion, in this case, or a trans-Atlantic ambassador. I mean, do you value that? Or would you just rather stay away from the Trumps?


WINTOUR: Well, 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 that this country could possibly have, in many ways, obviously behind fashion.

The question was Melania Trump. The answer was Michelle Obama.

But what about poor Melon?

MCELVOY: But she's not the first lady now. So what about the one that you've got now?

WINTOUR: To me, she is the example I admire.

Michelle Obama. Guess Wintour agrees with every other person who chose Michelle Obama as the most admired person in the world in that recent YouGov poll. (Melon was number 19, under Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Ellen DeGeneres, and, um, Taylor Swift.)


Out magazine transcribed all this part so we don't have to:

"You do seem to keep your distance from the Trumps, and Melania Trump," McElvoy asks [...]. "I think she was featured a long time ago but before she was in the White House as First Lady. She makes it to sometimes but not to the magazine; is that a conscious decision?"

"There's so many women in politics that deserve celebration, whether it's Kirsten [Gillibrand] or Senator Harris, or Senator Warren," Wintour responds. [...] "We just recently ran a piece in our current issue about five of the six political female candidates, all of which I felt deserved a place in Vogue. And how wonderful that after a lot of naysayers saying that after [Hillary Clinton] not succeeding that it would be very difficult to find a voice in the current presidential campaigns. How wonderful that that is not the case. I think that both Senator Warren and Senator Harris are among the top candidates right now."

The question was Melania Trump. The answer was Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

And why? "I think it's important for Vogue to support women who are leading change in this country." Guess Anna Wintour doesn't want to talk about how Melania Trump is changing America with her groundbreaking #BeBest initiative, the three pillars of which are well-being, online safety, and abusing opioids. (No really.)



Neither do we.

Open thread, everyone, talk amongst yourselves!


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