Anna Wintour Says Despite Politics, Melania Trump Will Appear in Vogue

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By Emily Zanotti | 4:51 pm, February 9, 2017

Despite editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s multi-million dollar support of Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, she won’t deny Donald Trump’s First Lady, Melania, her rightful spot in an upcoming issue of Vogue magazine.

The publication, which turns 125 years old this year, typically covers the First Lady’s style and platform within her husband’s first year. Although its clear Wintour and the current President have their differences, she says that won’t stand in the way of tradition—though she didn’t seem to give a rousing endorsement.

“We have a tradition of always covering whoever is the first lady at Vogue,” Wintour told the Wall Street Journal. “I can’t imagine that this time would be any different.”

Melania Trump is an outlier among First Ladies: she’s already been a Vogue cover model. In 2005, just after she first married Donald Trump, she appeared on the front of the magazine’s wedding issue, wearing a bridal gown. In the magazine she dished on all details—from the proposal, to the planning to the jet that whisked her and Donald off to their honeymoon after the party.

It’s not clear she’ll be front page material this time, though Michelle Obama earned the cover three times during her husband’s tenure. Wintour, who also heads up Vogue‘s publisher, Conde Nast, was Obama’s fourth largest bundler in 2012, collecting nearly $3 million for the former President.

Wintour presided over Vogue‘s first official Presidential endorsement of Hillary Clinton, for whom she raised at least $2 million.

But former fashion model Melania is already having an interesting impact on the fashion industry, whether Wintour likes her husband’s policies or not.

Over the last several weeks, Melania has proven she has style credentials so many times, even Mic.com was forced to call her “glamorous,” praising the First Lady for her wardrobe of “cool neutrals,” and noting that she is “polished and consistent, full stop.”

A number of Meliana-centric wardrobe blogs have also cropped up, including White House Wardrobe, which catalogs the First Lady’s public looks and where to buy them, and finds “bargain” versions of Melania’s outfits when possible, online and on Instagram.

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