US vice president-elect Kamala Harris Credit: Twitter

Kamala Harris will appear on the cover of Vogue’s February issue, but the two images of the US vice president-elect released by the magazine have already sparked controversy.

One of the two pictures tweeted by Vogue magazine shows Kamala Harris, 56, wearing her trademark Converse sneakers, standing in front of a pink and green drape. The other shows her in a powder blue suit, her arms crossed in front of a gold background.

The photographs – especially the first one – faced backlash from social media users who accused Vogue of “whitewashing” and falling short of its normally high standard for photographs.

“What a mess up,” wrote New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali. “Anna Wintour must really not have Black friends and colleagues. I’ll shoot shots of VP Kamala Harris for free using my Samsung and I’m 100% confident it’ll turn out better than this Vogue cover.”

Both the photographs were taken by 26-year-old photographer Tyler Mitchell. Kamala Harris has scripted history as the first woman to become vice president of the United States. She will be the first Black woman and the first woman of Indian heritage to occupy the office.

“Kamala Harris is about as light skinned as women of color come and Vogue still f****d up her lighting. WTF is this washed out mess of a cover?” another Twitter user asked.

“The pic itself isn’t terrible as a pic. It’s just far, far below the standards of Vogue. They didn’t put thought into it. Like homework finished the morning it’s due,” LGBTQ activist Charlotte Clymer tweeted.

Kamala Harris’s niece, Meena Harris, also shared an excerpt from Vogue’s cover story on the vice president-elect on Instagram.

“I was thinking of my baby nieces, who will only know one world where a woman is vice president of the United States, a woman of color, a Black woman, a woman with parents who were born outside of the United States,” Kamala Harris told Vogue while speaking about the night she and Joe Biden gave their victory speeches.

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