Yet another sign that this election is unlike any we’ve ever seen: Vogue has endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time in its history.
Given “the profound stakes,” the venerable fashion Bible threw its support behind Hillary Clinton.
“Vogue has no history of political endorsements,” the magazine wrote in an editorial published Tuesday.
“Editors in chief have made their opinions known from time to time, but the magazine has never spoken in an election with a single voice. Given the profound stakes of this one, and the history that stands to be made, we feel that should change.”
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Perhaps that choice won’t come as a surprise, the editors wrote, noting how the magazine has profiled Clinton six times throughout her career as a First Lady, senator and Secretary of State.
“For the record, we have also featured Donald Trump — or, more particularly, his family members Ivana, Marla, Melania, and Ivanka — multiple times in our pages,” the editors noted.
“We understand that Clinton has not always been a perfect candidate, yet her fierce intelligence and considerable experience are reflected in policies and positions that are clear, sound, and hopeful.”
The endorsement also surprises no one who follows Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, a high-profile Democratic party supporter.
A few months ago The Business of Fashion trade publication wrote that Wintour was lending her valuable fashion expertise to the Clinton campaign as a style consultant, offering advice for key moments during the campaign.
“So far her involvement includes reaching out to designers to provide outfits to Clinton, which unlike so many other celebrity figures, Clinton pays for herself,” the publication noted.
Wintour wore her political heart on her sleeve in February during New York Fashion Week when she wore a Clinton campaign T-shirt designed by Marc Jacobs.
Before Fashion Week last month, she also raised money for Clinton at a patriotic-themed runway show featuring Clinton T-shirts designed by Jacobs and other leading designers.
In introducing Chelsea Clinton at the show, Wintour said: “For me the most unforgettable moment of a very memorable Democratic convention has to be the simple image of a mother backstage watching her daughter deliver a moving introduction.”
According to Fashionista, Wintour also took a shot at Donald Trump’s made-in-China ties, noting that the T-shirts on the runway were made in America by union workers, unlike Trump’s “hideous ties.”
Vogue’s endorsement lauded Clinton on her support for comprehensive immigration reform, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, working women, health care reform and gun safety.
“Can Clinton unify a deeply divided America? Heal the wounds of this unbearably fraught political season? Our divisions are real, and it will take more than one intensely qualified leader to heal them,” the editors wrote.
“And yet two words give us hope: Madam President. Women won the vote in 1920. It has taken nearly a century to bring us to the brink of a woman leading our country for the first time. Let’s put this election behind us and become the America we want to be: optimistic, forward-looking, and modern.”