Melania to Mexico: Let them eat diamonds!
Someone working at Vanity Fair Mexico thought it was a good idea to feature the new First Lady of the United States on its February cover.
While U.S.-Mexico relations are at its lowest point, the Mexican peso’s value is on a roller-coaster ride and millions of undocumented Mexicans living in the U.S. are at risk, Vanity Fair’s cover shows Melania Trump having a heaping plate of diamonds.
This cover shot of Melania is not new. It’s from an old 2011 photo shoot that Vanity Fair repurposed for the cover (a common practice among international magazines). Even the article is old — it’s a Spanish translation from a 2016 U.S. GQ article.
Magazines are prepared months in advance, so it’s not entirely Vanity Fair’s fault it came out at the same time President Donald Trump and Mexican President Peña Nieto are having a diplomatic meltdown on Twitter. But Trump’s attacks on Mexico are not new. Since he announced his candidacy in 2015, Trump has relentlessly blamed immigrants for many of the problems in the United States and has made it clear he plans to build a wall between the two countries.
Vanity Fair’s editorial team proved to be beyond tone-deaf in its decision to publish this issue.
Following immediate public outcry, one of Vanity Fair’s directors, Lourdes Garzon, allegedly tweeted out a post calling Mexicans “crybabies” to her 1,800 followers. The post is being shared in screenshots by other users and cannot be found in Garzon’s profile.
To respond to all of this controversy, Vanity Fair Mexico published a weak statement yesterday defending both its cover and Garzon.
The magazine said it “understood the complicated moment” in which the cover was published— “complicated” meaning Mexico’s economy is on the brink of being destroyed by the husband of Melania Trump. It also said the alleged tweet by Garzon was fake and Twitter executives had confirm this to them. Twitter did not make any comments on the matter and it is unheard of to have the company “confirm” fake tweets. Vanity Fair Mexico also said Twitter was actively working to delete the fake tweets. Again, Twitter has never done this.
At the moment, Vanity Fair Mexico is more worried over an alleged fake tweet by one of its unknown directors rather than listen to the valid criticism from its Mexican audience. Sad!