The British edition of fast fashion magazine Vogue has decided to remove all images of former President Donald Trump from its pages.
Vogue editor-in-chief Amie Smith said the decision to remove the pictures was due to a “misunderstanding” about the former president’s past, as the magazine was “no longer interested in endorsing him”.
She told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on Tuesday that the magazine’s editorial team had been “shocked and appalled” by the comments by Mr Trump.
“We have always been a news magazine and a news website and we do not endorse or support the views of any political party or candidate,” Ms Smith said.
“The comments by the president are repugnant and it’s been upsetting to us.”
So we have decided to put those images in the history section of Vogue, as it is the history of American history, and not our history.
“That is what is going on in the UK now.
We have not been interested in the views and opinions of the current president.”
Mr Trump, whose term in office ends next month, was a prominent figure in the fashion world during the 1980s and 1990s.
He was a star of the 1980 US Fashion Week and starred in the 1990 film The Art of the Deal.
Vulture’s Nick DePaula said that in light of the controversy, Vogue would have been better served if it had gone with a less inflammatory message.
“It’s one thing to see something on the cover that’s not very flattering, but I don’t think it’s the right place to say that,” he said.
“The magazine should not be going into the history book with the view that Trump is responsible for all the fashion disasters that we have experienced.”
Mr Smith said she was not sure why the magazine had decided to withdraw the images.
“I think it may have been a misunderstanding.
But we’re not sure,” she said.”[The president] is very controversial, and he is quite polarising.”
What we want to say is that what we see on the front cover is what we are seeing all around the world.