First lady Dr. Jill Biden, posing on the White House’s Truman Balcony, graces the cover of Vogue’s August edition.
The cover shot, along with a profile of the longtime teacher, comes after four years in which former first lady and former model Melania Trump never appeared on the cover of the fashion magazine while then-President Donald Trump was in office.
In an interview, Biden told the magazine that many doubted she could keep teaching at Northern Virginia Community College, which she did as second lady during the Obama administration.
“I heard that all the time during the campaign,” she told Vogue. “Like, ‘No. You’re not going to be able to teach as first lady.’ And I said, ‘Why not? You make things happen, right?’”
She made the case that the mood of the country had changed for the better after her husband, President Joe Biden, started working in the White House.
“During the campaign, I felt so much anxiety from people; they were scared,” she said. “When I travel around the country now, I feel as though people can breathe again. I think that’s part of the reason Joe was elected. People wanted someone to come in and heal this nation, not just from the pandemic, which I feel Joe did by, you know, getting shots in everybody’s arms. But also … he’s just a calmer president. He lowers the temperature.”
Back in 2019, after Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour critiqued the Trumps, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump said being on the cover wouldn’t “define Mrs. Trump.”
“She’s been there, done that long before she was first lady,” a role that’s “much more important than some superficial photo shoot and cover,” Stephanie Grisham said.
Wintour, who supported Biden in 2020, had said at the time that it was important for the magazine “to support women who are leading change in this country.”
According to The Associated Press, first lady and first gentleman, Doug Emhoff, are set to be in Phoenix on Wednesday to tour a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in a middle school and tout the nation’s ramped up vaccination effort, which has helped new cases, deaths and hospitalizations decline significantly.