Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Vogue Photos Spark Controversy

Tara Dodrill

Debbie Wasserman Schultz appears to have gotten the full Vogue treatment during the photo shoot for an upcoming spread focusing on both her personal and professional life. The glamorous transformation of the Democratic National Committee chair has some criticizing both the popular fashion magazine and the politician, for departing so drastically from her standard attire and typical hairdo. Wasserman Schultz wore stylish form-fitting outfits from fashion designers Roland Mouret and Jason Wu, according to Buzz Feed.

Although the Vogue issue featuring Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not yet available on newsstands, previews of the piece online are already garnering critiques from both professional journalists and supporters of the high-profile Democrat. Several female supporters tweeted that Vogue’s photos of Wasserman Schultz were disheartening and said the images looked nothing like the national party chair. The Hill called the photo array an almost unrecognizable depiction of the elected official, according to excerpts republished by The Blaze.

Schultz’s Director of Communications, Jonathan Beeton, had this to say in defense of his boss:

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz really is many working moms throughout the country. They are at their kid’s softball practice in a t-shirt and shorts. They’re at work in a suit. In the times that they’re able to go out for a special occasion, they can put on a nice dress.”

The Democratic National Committee chair complained of sexist attacks in a fundraising email last month, noting that she was recently called “not a lady.” Beeton maintains that those who feel that the change of appearance in Vogue is a response to what Wasserman Schultz called a sexist comment, are reading way too much into the magazine spread.

Would you have recognized Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the Vogue array if the photos did not include her name?

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