Recording: Melania Complained When Beyonce Was Chosen For Vogue Magazine Cover
In a secretly recorded phone conversation, First Lady Melania Trump expressed astonishment and what seemed to be jealousy that Vogue magazine chose to feature Beyoncé on its cover in September 2018.
NBC News reported that during the conversation with former friend and confidant Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Trump also made point to note that Beyoncé chose a Black photographer for the shoot.
"Anna gave the September issue of Vogue cover — complete, complete, complete, everything — to Beyoncé," Trump, referring to Vogue editor Anna Wintour, says in a July 2018 conversation recorded by her then-friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.
"She hired Black photographer," she says. "And it's the first Black photographer ever doing cover of Vogue."
Trump's remarks about the Beyoncé cover were made in one of six recorded telephone conversations, lasting more than six hours, that took place from February to July 2018. Winston Wolkoff began recording her calls with Trump after she was asked to leave the White House amid scrutiny over spending by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which she worked on.
NBC News noted that in the recorded calls, the first lady “also opens up about a series of other topics, from "princess" Ivanka to the Steele dossier to her TV news viewing.”