Like Kaiser, I like the direction Edward Enninful has taken British Vogue since he took over as editor. For the cover of the August issue, he personally styled her majesty Oprah Winfrey. Spending just a moment on the photos, I actually gasped when I saw them on Twitter last night. The cover shot above is gorgeous. The Buccellati diamond and emerald earrings are such statement pieces and yet do not pull focus from Oprah’s perfectly done eyes and flawless skin. The taffeta dress is Stella McCartney and frames her face beautifully. But it’s the black and white photo below that I could not take my eyes off of. I left all the information from the caption for you to read. I could use a lot of adjectives to describe how marvelous I find that shot but I’m sure you can see it for yourself. Just to be clear – I love *everything* about it.
Oprah has been playing a cat and mouse game with the media about whether she’s running for President. I truly believe she’s flattered by the notion and having fun with her responses, but I don’t think she has any intention of running for any office. As the midterms approach and true potential candidates start testing the campaign waters, Oprah is making it clear she will not seek office. She once again denied her candidacy, explaining that to become President would kill her.
On running for president: In that political structure – all the non-truths, the bullsh-t, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on – I feel like I could not exist. I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.
On finding hope in #MeToo and Time’s Up: People talk about ‘these are such dark times’, but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently. I see, ‘Isn’t this remarkable that we’re waking up?’ For years, women have endured craziness. This is what’s happening to people. They’re allowing themselves to not just become corroded, but to become hysterical. You’ve got to lean to the happiness.
On the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding It left me feeling that anything is possible through the power of love. Reverend Curry was right!
Even though I didn’t think Oprah was going to run, her reasoning against it makes perfect sense. Oprah has spent so much time building an empire based on positivity and any time spent in the political arena would strip away at that. As far as government not being a “clean business,” obviously she’s right. I guess I just don’t want to give up the fantasy that if we elect the right plumber, they could flush out the sh*t, you know?
I don’t know how I feel about Oprah’s #MeToo comments. I get that she’s offering up the silver lining but it’s such a dark cloud hanging over us. I’m sure my conflict speaks much more to my white privilege than anything but I’m not surprised people are still in shock. I agree that we shouldn’t let any of the horrors in the US to corrode us but it’s hard not to get a little hysterical. I hope we shift the paradigm for every woman, I really do. But I’m having trouble finding any happiness to lean into.
But this photo makes me happy and I can lean heavily into it:
Oprah Winfrey is photographed by @MertAlas and @MacPiggott for the August issue cover story. Styled by @Edward_Enninful, @oprah wears a made-to-order green jacquard gown with brooch and jewelled shoes by @Erdem. Diamond and ruby hair ornament by @binagoenkaofficial. Emerald and diamond earrings and cuffs by G by @GlennSpiroJewels. Emerald ring with diamond surround by @moussaieffjewellers. Emerald and pavé-diamond ring by @bulgariofficial. On newsstands July 6. Subscribe now at Vogue.co.uk
Photo credit: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot/British Vogue and WENN Photos