President-elect Donald Trump had a pretty busy day on Tuesday. No, he didn’t finally decide to sit through his daily intelligence briefing—but he did meet with some “celebrities” and “influencers.”
He met with rapper Kanye West to “take a picture” and discuss “multicultural issues.” He met with NFL players Ray Lewis and Jim Brown (who admitted he didn’t actually vote for Trump) and Pastor Darrell Scott to discuss “African American issues.” And, finally, he reportedly met with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
The meeting is notable not only because of the participants involved but also because of Wintour’s well-known political views. (I reached out to Vogue for comment; they didn’t get back to me.)
Just this weekend, Wintour was heard on a “packed commuter train” ranting about Trump, according to the Sunday Mirror. (Note: This story seems strange just for the fact that Anna Wintour was seen on public transportation, but I’ll put my publicity stunt theories to bed ). In July, she took a jab at Trump at an Cannes event, joking, “Politics is not traditionally a creative industry, but in America it’s currently being dominated by people with very active imaginations.” She also famously supported both president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—who also received Vogue’s first-ever presidential endorsement—and featured first lady Michelle Obama on Vogue‘s cover three times including for its most recent November issue.
For a second, it seemed that Wintour and Vogue would follow in the footsteps of other fashion industry entities like InStyle and designers Sophie Theallat and Marc Jacobs, who are refusing to cover Trump and dress the future first lady, Melania Trump.
But now it seems Wintour is more likely to follow in the footsteps of her other fashion peers like designers Diane von Furstenberg, Thom Browne, and Tommy Hilfiger and Vogue contributing editor André Leon Talley who support the idea of embracing the Trump family and dressing Trump.
Wintour is certainly playing ball for the moment. She instantly retracted her comments on the train, telling the Mirror, “I immediately regretted my comments, and I [apologize]. I hope that President-elect Trump will be a successful president for us all.” Then, she made her journey to Trump Tower.
There’s also a history between her and Trump. According to The Daily Beast, Trump also did Anna Wintour a favor in the past by letting the then up-and-coming designer Marc Jacobs host his fashion show in The Plaza Hotel’s ballroom at no expense in exchange for a front row seat.
Trump also endorsed Wintour’s reported bid to become an ambassador for Obama in 2012.
Plus, Vogue featured Melania Trump on its cover in 2005—who’s to say it wouldn’t do so again?
“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,” a Vogue spokesperson told Business of Fashion in November.
Honestly, who knows what that meeting was about. But, I guess the only Vogue we acknowledge now is….Teen Vogue?