U.S. Electorate Deals Women’s Fashion Magazines a Trump Card

Business of Fashion sounds out the mood of an 'anti-Trump community.'

On Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, Melania Knauss and Donald Trump were married in Palm Beach, Fla. with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton famously in attendance. On Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, the Trumps will be inaugurated as First Lady and President on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

For the February 2005 issue of Vogue magazine (pictured), the editors of the publication traveled with Melania to Paris as she picked out her wedding dress and more. Certainly, when Vogue put her on the cover of an issue that also features a cover-line tease of an article about former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, they could never have guessed that this bride-to-be would one day also be a First-Lady-to-be.

The permalink for a Business of Fashion piece published Thursday suggests the original headline for the article was “Why Fashion May Learn to Love Melania Trump.” In the end, the website went with “Will” instead of “May,” for what remains a slanted headline.

InStyle told Business of Fashion senior editorial associate Chantal Fernandez that they have no current plans to cover Melania; Glamour, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar chose not to comment. The author did however get a statement from the leader of this field:

“While we never comment on future editorial, Vogue has a long, rich history, dating back to Mrs. Helen Taft, of covering America’s First Ladies, regardless of party affiliation,” said a representative for the title. In addition to Mrs. Taft, Vogue has photographed every First Lady since Lou Hoover, with the exception of Bess Truman. Hillary Clinton made history when she became the first First Lady to appear on the cover of the magazine in December 1998.

At one point in the BoF article, Fernandez writes, in reference to the active endorsement and fundraising support given to Hillary Clinton by leading U.S. fashion magazine editors: ‘So how will this anti-Trump community interact with America’s new First Lady?’ The overall answer begin to form post-Thanksgiving.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit First Lady
New York Post Corrects Melania Trump Story