Senator Hillary Clinton was set to appear on the cover of US Vogue during the presidential race, but she backed-out last minute right before the photo-shoot was to take place. Clinton’s camp said that there were concerns that if Clinton appeared in Vogue, she would appear too feminine.
Rumors spread that Wintour was none too pleased and those rumors were later confirmed in Wintour’s February editor’s letter where she wrote “Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female president hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking too feminine. The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. This is America, not Saudi Arabia. It’s also 2008.”
Recently however, more information regarding this would-be cover was released as Julia Reed, the editor who was set to cover the story, told WWD she spent months schmoozing with Clinton’s communications director Howard Wolfson, who she calls the most charm-less human being on the planet, only to be told months later that the deal, which included an interview with Clinton and a Leibovitz photo shoot, was off because Wolfson claimed the women’s vote was in the bag and that they had no need for Vogue anymore.