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Anna Wintour Just Pulled Off The Most Mariah Carey Response To Melania Trump I’ve Ever Heard In My Life

Anna Wintour is not only the queen of always wearing shades indoors but the queen of shade of herself –– and honestly, we’re so here for it. 

In a podcast interview with The Economist, editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour was the perfect example of “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all” when she was asked about Melania Trump. Instead of answering the question, she brought up Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. In the podcast episode, Anne McElvoy asked Wintour everything from sustainability in the fashion industry, the reason why Wintour avoids social media, the consequences of Donald Trump’s tweets. 

 Wintour addressed why Melania Trump has not been asked to appear on Vogue’s cover since her husband was elected in 2016 and what she thinks of her style.

While Melania did appear on the cover of the Condé Nast publication back in 2005, wearing her wedding dress –– she’s since gotten the cold shoulder from Wintour in regards to gracing the glossy pages of Vogue again. Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama was featured on three Vogue covers during her time as the first lady. 

But Melania reportedly doesn’t seem to care to be on the cover of Vogue. According to a statement published by The Cut, Melania’s representatives say, “To be on the cover of Vogue doesn’t define Mrs. Trump, she’s been there, done that long before she was first lady.” 

Since Trump and his administration took the Oval Office, Wintour has declined to acknowledge Melania as our First Lady (and honestly, we don’t blame her).  

In regards to Melania’s United Kingdom visit in June, McElvoy asked Wintour, “[Melania] I think, very consciously, wanted to see herself as an ambassador for British fashion, in this case, or a transatlantic ambassador. I mean, do you value that?”

In lieu of answering the question and further discussing her thoughts on Melania’s fashion sense, Wintour decided to pull a Mariah Carey (you know the meme) and be like, “I don’t know her.”

“Well, I think First Lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion,” Wintour replied. “She supported young American designers. She supported designers, indeed, from all over the world. She was the best ambassador this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, way beyond fashion.” 

In other words, Wintour had some WORDS for Melania without saying much directed at her at all. 

Her shade game is flawless, impeccable, and unmatched. 

Like any journalist and interviewer, McElvoy wanted to get a little more from Wintour on Melania. However, it’s THE Anna Wintour we’re talking about here. “But she’s not the first lady now,” McElvoy said about her response on Michelle Obama. “So what about the one you’ve got now?”

“To me, [Obama] is the example that I admire,” Wintour replied. 

And really, that’s that on that. 

According to The Cut, this wasn’t the first Melania deflect of the interview. Out had also reported that Wintour had been asked if the lack of Melania coverage on Vogue‘s website and the magazine was a “conscious decision.” 

“There are so many women in politics that deserve celebration, whether it’s Kirsten [Gillibrand] or Senator Harris, or Senator Warren,” Wintour explained. “We just recently ran a piece in our current issue about five of the six political female candidates, all of which I felt deserved a place in Vogue. And how wonderful that after a lot of naysayers saying that after [Hillary Clinton] not succeeding that it would be very difficult to find a voice in the current presidential campaigns. How wonderful that that is not the case. I think that both Senator Warren and Senator Harris are among the top candidates right now.”

It’s also not the first time Wintour has pretended as if Melania doesn’t exist.

 Earlier this year, during an interview with CNN, she was asked about her decisions to feature more Democratic politicians than Republican ones. 

“If you’re talking about the first lady [Michelle Obama] or Senator [Kamala] Harris, obviously these are women that we feel are icons and inspiring to women from a global perspective,” she replied. In a nutshell, she said she feels more strongly than ever to uplift those who are working toward making change rather than giving a platform to those who are not (*cough*Melania Trump and her husband). 

Twitter has been a field day with Wintour’s shady comments because of course.

Well played, Wintour, well played. 

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