Media outlets and notable names expressing their support for a presidential candidate is nothing abnormal. Everyone has the same right to endorse whichever campaign they choose, celebrities and average people alike. What can differentiate the two sects is the length their reach and ability to influence an election’s results can really go.
Vogue as a publication chose to support Hillary Clinton for this year’s presidency, posting articles that made this quite blatant. Internally, Anna Wintour is one person at the forefront of that support.
Vogue’s editor in chief and the artistic director at Condé Nast, she has held many voter registration and fundraising events for Hillary Clinton in addition to showing support through the publication itself. Wintour held a fundraiser with CFDA chairman Diane von Furstenberg in Washington D.C. days before the election’s conclusion. She has also been pivotal in holding fashion-show fundraisers as well, which further blurs the line between fashion and politics.
While this election has been covered from dozens of nontraditional outlets, fashion is especially far from it than others. Fashion publications rarely cover timely news revolving around such a divisive topic.
At this point, the entire nation is well aware of the result. Clinton’s loss, though by a close margin, begs the question of how it occurred. The entire blame cannot be shouldered by publications like Vogue for taking the stance they chose, but it isn’t ridiculous to consider it a factor.
Advocating for a candidate and against another isn’t what many readers are expecting from their favorite fashion magazine. Going from talking about the season’s biggest trends to listing reasons why Hillary Clinton should have your vote can’t be considered all that appealing. It shares the equivalent of tuning to CNN to watch a ready-to-wear runway show; the two topics are almost completely foreign from one another.
This could have attributed to some choosing to vote against Hillary Clinton as a result of being overstimulated with election opinions through an avenue where they wouldn’t want any at all. Vogue even posted an article following the voting results entitled “How to Light a Spark on This Very Dark Day” in reference to Clinton’s loss and their view of Donald Trump’s victory.
Everyone has the right to their own opinion. To that end, and with the close election results in mind, showing strong opposition for one candidate in favor of another is bound to deter those who disagree with it. In this case, that number represents roughly 45 percent of the entire United States.
The overarching fact is that the election is over and Vogue, along with other publications, will have to move forward without writing about it. In the aftermath, the question of their impact upon the election is replaced with asking if their own readership has been harmed in the process. Better yet, how beneficial is it for fashion magazines to cover seemingly unrelated stories like the election?