Meghan McCain slammed Vogue Magazine on Wednesday for its ‘intense, racist legacy’ and contributions to a toxic fashion industry, after the magazine featured First Lady Jill Biden on its cover, but refused to feature Melania Trump when she was the first lady.
She said she has had issues with the fashion magazine since it featured basketball star LeBron James and model Gisele Bundchen, resembling a World War I recruitment poster of a gorilla taking a white woman hostage in April 2008.
McCain also called out Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour for her history of refusing to feature models of color on her covers.
Her comments came during a discussion on ‘The View’ of the new cover and the backlash it sparked by conservatives who called out the magazine for refusing to feature Melania Trump in 2017.
‘The View’ co-host Meghan McCain called out Vogue Magazine on Wednesday for its history of racism and its role in creating a toxic fashion industry
Whoopi Goldberg opened the discussion, noting that the magazine referred to Dr. Biden as a ‘first lady for all of us because that’s how she sees herself,’ before asking her fellow co-hosts why they thought Vogue never featured the former first lady.
In response, liberal co-host Joy Behar said that Trump ‘was not the first lady of all of us – she was only the first lady of those who believed President Obama was not born in the United States.’
She added that she thought Wintour was fashion-conscious and decided not to feature Trump on the cover after she wore a green jacket with the words ‘I don’t really care, do you?’ on the back, and went on to slam the former president for ‘not believing in science,’ saying the couple should instead be on the cover of ‘Unscientific American.’
Both Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines said they thought the magazine never featured the former first lady because the administration was particularly divisive for her ‘birtherism as well as a lot of her husband’s immigration policies,’ with Haines positing that the magazine decided not to feature the former first lady out of fear of backlash.
‘They weren’t going to go anywhere near that.’
Her comments came amid a discussion about the magazine’s August cover, which features First Lady Dr. Jill Biden
Joy Behar suggested magazine executives decided never to feature former First Lady Melania Trump because Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour is fashion-conscious and decided against having Trump on the cover after she wore a green jacket with the words ‘I don’t really care, do you?’
But McCain offered a different approach.
‘Look I have been done with Vogue ever since they put a racist cover with LeBron James and Gisele on the cover, where he’s meant to look like an ape holding a woman,’ she began.
At the time, the Today Show reports, Vogue had bragged that James would be the first black man on its cover, but when the image was released, it drew a lot of criticism, with many saying it perpetuated racial stereotypes of a dangerous black man.
Vogue spokesman Patrick O’Connell said the magazine ‘sought to celebrate two superstars at the top of their game’ for the issue devoted to size and shape.
‘We think Lebron James and Gisele Bundchen look beautiful together and we are honored to have them on the cover,’ he said.
But magazine analyst Samir Husni said he believed the photo was deliberately provocative, as magazine editors typically devote a lot of time to their cover photos.
‘So when you have a cover that reminds people of King Kong and brings those stereotypes to the front – black man wanting white woman, it’s not innocent,” he said.
‘Vogue has a very, very problematic history,’ McCain said on Wednesday, ‘as you can read about it in Andre Leon Talley’s book that he wrote, and he actually was a guest on this show talking about the intense racism he’s felt.’
She added that ‘Anna Wintour has a long history of not putting models on her cover, of not putting people of color, [and] having a very problematic image for women to look to.
‘I think Anna Wintour and Vogue are why we have a lot of toxicity in the fashion industry.’
Several models have spoken out about the lack of diversity on the cover in years past, with Beverly Johnson, the first black woman to grace the cover of the magazine in 1974, writing in an op-ed last year that the fashion industry has to do better.
‘My debut was meant to usher in a current of change in the fashion industry,’ she wrote. ‘But as the national conversation around racism expands, stories about discrimination in the fashion industry, and at Vogue in particular, have come under the spotlight.’
She called out Wintour, who had just apologized for the magazine’s lack of diversity: ‘Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators.’
She said Wintour ‘is arguably the most powerful person in the world of fashion,’ and her ‘power would ostensibly allow her to hold her peers in fashion accountable for making structural changes.’
In her comments, McCain said she has been against Vogue since the magazine featured LeBron James and model Gisele Bundchen in a pose resembling a World War I recruitment poster of a gorilla taking a white woman hostage in April 2008
‘So I’ve been done with Vogue for a long, long time,’ McCain said, ‘and I would actually like some of the “accountability culture” or “consequence culture” as Sunny calls it to finally, finally filter to Vogue Magazine and Anna Wintour.
‘And you don’t have to believe me, you can just watch “The Devil Wears Prada,'” McCain said, referring to the 2006 film featuring Anne Hathaway as an assistant to a diabolical editor of a fashion magazine, played by Meryl Streep.
McCain then went on to address the most recent controversy over the magazine’s cover, saying: ‘When it comes to first ladies, I’m not a fashion person at all.
‘I think the criticism from Republicans is it’s also Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan that have never been on the cover of Vogue. There’s no space, no matter how fashionable you are.’
Melania Trump was reportedly irate in 2018 when she was not asked to be on the cover
‘I was not a fan, obviously, of the Trump family, and I was not a fan of Melania Trump’s, but no one can negate the fact that she was a fashionable first lady.
‘So if your magazine is just about fashion, you should have put her on the cover.’
She continued to say: ‘I really admire Dr. Biden and I think she’s a really – I agree with everyone, she’s my first lady. I think she’s just beautiful and lovely and doing a great job.
‘I don’t love the dress she’s in,’ McCain mused. ‘I would have loved to see her just really fashioned up in an elegant gown or something more akin to what they did with Hillary [Clinton] when she was first lady. So all of this is a miss for me.
‘First families are our royalty – she’s a symbol of what’s great about America, she’s almost a regal figure for me … so I would have preferred she be presented that way as well.
‘And again I just really hope that Vogue really starts to reconcile their deep, intense racist legacy,’ she concluded.
Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour has never publicly addressed why the magazine excluded Melania Trump from its cover
Dr. Jill Biden will be featured in the August edition of the fashion magazine.
The last first lady to appear on the cover of Vogue was Michelle Obama, Newsweek reports, with the magazine never featuring former First Lady Melania Trump.
She was recorded expressing her dismay of not being invited to be on the cover in 2018.
‘Vogue was like “Oh we want to do a profile.” Profile? F***you, profile,’ Trump is heard saying on the leaked audio.
‘I don’t need no profile. Yeah, what I need another profile.’
She continued to say that Vogue editors told her it might be a cover. ‘I’m like might be a cover? I don’t give a f*** about Vogue and any magazine.’
The comments were secretly recorded by her former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who went on to write the book ‘Melania & Me.’
In the recording, Wolkoff asks Trump: ‘You’re not the September cover?’ to which Trump replies: ‘Are you kidding me? No way.’
‘Could you imagine if you were?’ Wolkoff continues. ‘That would have been -‘
‘No way,’ Trump responds. ‘Yeah, but they would never do it.’
Anna Wintour has never publicly addressed why the magazine chose not to feature Melania Trump, but in a 2019 CNN interview, she said he magazine is not impartial when deciding which political figures to feature.
‘Obviously these are women that we feel are icons and inspiring to women from a global perspective,’ she said, referring to Micelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand.
‘I also feel more strongly now that this is a time to try and – I think that one has to be fair, one has to look at all sides 0 but I don’t think it’s a moment not to take a stand.
‘I think you can’t be everything to everybody,’ she said, according to Newsweek.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Vogue for comment.