By Charlie Loran • 22 October 2020 • 7:45
MELANIA Trump was supposedly shocked that Anna Wintour had decided to feature Beyoncé on the cover of Vogue magazine’s September issue back in 2018, as Beyonce trumped Melania, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was recording.
Trump expressed her feelings of upset to her then-friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, according to a secret recording of the phone conversation shared with NBC News.
“Anna [Wintour] gave the September issue of Vogue cover, complete, complete, complete, everything to Beyoncé,” the first lady allegedly said in the July 2018 recording.
Tyler Mitchell, aged just 23 at the time, took the photos of the superstar and became the first black man to shoot a cover image for the fashion bible.
“She hired a black photographer. And it’s the first black photographer ever doing a cover of Vogue.”
Mitchell tweeted that Wintour and Raul Martinez, Condé Nast’s corporate creative director, had suggested him for the shoot and “Beyoncé quickly agreed.”
Winston Wolkoff, who was the first lady’s former friend and adviser, had previously spent a decade working at Vogue. The pair were discussing the departure of top editors at the magazine.
In a statement to NBC News, Trump’s spokesperson attacked Winston Wolkoff — who authored the book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady” — but didn’t directly address the Beyoncé remarks.
“Her narcissism knows no bounds, this woman is a fraud,” said spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham. “These audio tapes are hand-picked about nonsense and presented with no context. Shame on her for this continued attempt at character assassination and shame on NBC for covering this gossip.”
The first lady’s alleged remarks on the Beyoncé cover were made in one of six recorded telephone conversations, lasting more than six hours, that took place between February and July 2018, according to Winston Wolkoff.
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