Former first lady Melania Trump recently sat down with Fox News’ Pete Hegseth for her first interview since leaving the White House, according to the Washington Examiner, and in it, she left little doubt about where she stands on Vogue magazine and its editorial decision not to feature her on the cover as has been done for the wives of all recent Democrat presidents.
During her conversation with Hegseth, Mrs. Trump touched on subjects ranging from the the current baby formula shortage to the dangerous direction present leadership is taking the country, but she also spoke on a topic that has had many scratching their heads for years, namely, why she never appeared on the cover of Vogue as first lady.
Hegseth inquired of Trump how she managed to withstand the constant barrage of criticism she faced while in the White House, noting that it was a level of scrutiny from which the current first lady seems to have been spared.
“The media, take Vogue for example – five months into Joe Biden’s presidency, [first lady] Jill Biden’s on the cover. [Vice President] Kamala Harris is on the cover before she’s even sworn in. Hillary Clinton was on the cover when she was first lady, Michelle [Obama] was on the cover three times,” Hegseth began.
“Yet with your business background and your fashion background and your beauty, never on the cover of Vogue. Why the double standard? Hegseth asked Trump, to which she bluntly replied, “They’re biased and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious.”
Trump continued, “And I think the American people and everyone sees it. …I have much more important things to do – and I did in the White House – than being on the cover of Vogue.”
Though Mrs. Trump did appear on the cover of the magazine in February of 2005, in the gown she wore while marrying now-former President Donald Trump, her absence from the monthly fashion bible during her husband’s presidency does indeed seem to be largely down to politics.
According to the Daily Beast, in an 2019 interview with CNN, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was asked to explain why the magazine has historically featured more Democrat figures than Republican ones, and she said, “If you’re talking about the first lady [Michelle Obama] or Senator [Kamala] Harris, obviously these are women that we feel are icons and inspiring to women on a global perspective.”
Giving the blatantly biased game away further and confirming Mrs. Trump’s suspicions, Wintour haughtily declared, “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 its a moment not to take a stand…I think you can’t be everything to everybody…those of us that work at Conde Nast believe that you have to stand up for what you believe in and you have to take a point of view.”