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Kamala Harris Serves as ELLE’s November 2020 Cover Star

Nina Garcia continues to show rivals Anna Wintour and Samira Nasr that she’s able to score the crème de la crème for ELLE‘s front covers. Over the last 10 months we’ve encountered Hailey Bieber, Sophie Turner, Dua Lipa, Rosalía, Cardi B and K-pop sensation Blackpink down at the newsstand. Now Garcia manages to land Kamala Harris for the magazine’s November 2020 cover. The American senator and 2020 vice president candidate was photographed in Washington, D.C. by photographic duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

US Elle November 2020 : Kamala Harris by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


The cover set off a fierce debate on our forums. “I hate when fashion magazines put politicians on covers,” voiced avonlea002.

“Fashion magazines take themselves WAY too seriously now and when they all fall, they have nobody to blame but themselves,” HeatherAnne chimed in.

“What a coup for ELLE. Though this leaves me cold. Why in black and white though? Her color should’ve been celebrated as the first black woman vice president nominee,” declared MON.

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“It’s not a bad cover, but I don’t like the shot they used. With the hand placement and the invisible neck, it looks like someone is holding a Kamala mask in front of their face,” mikel pointed out.

Benn98 wasn’t impressed: “I don’t like the cover, either. Font is too harsh, the random office chair outdoors and the image is just not cover-worthy. Doesn’t look like Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s work at all.”

“It’s an OK shot, it’s not really that great, but honestly stop putting politicians on fashion magazine covers… What happened to escapism?” asked SLFC.

“Straight up, it’s just a bad cover regardless of who it is,” said SophiaVB.

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