Does Vogue Plan to Put Hillary Clinton Back on the Cover?

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Hillary Clinton still won't confirm whether she's running for president, but in the meantime you can chew over another will-she-or-won't-she: could she soon be appearing on the cover of Vogue?

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The New York Daily News stirs the pot with report of a confab between Clinton, Anna Wintour and Michael Kors:

Is Hillary Clinton about to make her return to the cover of Vogue? Confidenti@l has learned that the presumed presidential candidate and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour visited Michael Kors' studio for a fitting. We're told the power trio huddled in Kors' office at his Bryant Park HQ, studying a "rack of clothes." Clinton (l.), who was with longtime aideHuma Abedin and a person our spy describes as a "huge bodyguard," has graced the cover of the fashion bible once before.

Of course, Vogue says it was merely a social call and they've got "no plans for a cover," while Clinton's people flatly denied it.

This would be Hillary's second appearance on the magazine's cover, the first in December 1998. Apparently she was supposed to appear in Vogue's glossy pages in 2007 as well but pulled out—to which Anna Wintour responded with a chiding editor's letter. Via WWD:

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.

Or maybe she simply thought the 1998 portrait shouted "CHRISTMAS CARD" too loudly.

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"...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 makes me retroactively angry. Did Clinton or her staff state directly that she pulled out for this reason? If not, then STFU, Anna. While I support the idea expressed in your last sentence, the rest of this is bullshit. It was probably more due to a fear of looking "frivolous" than feminine. And that's reasonable, because you know what? Vogue is a fucking fashion magazine. The occasional rah-rah read-about-this-lady-hero article is not enough to turn your aspirational-spending catalog of 300 pages of makeup ads into a Serious Publication. If this were a different magazine - even Vanity Fair - you'd have at least one spindly leg to stand on.