Vogue joins publications endorsing Hillary Clinton

The worlds of politics and high fashion rarely mix, but Vogue magazine has made its first-ever political endorsement, joining a chorus of other media outlets breaking with tradition to support Hillary Clinton's campaign for U.S. president.

Citing 'profound stakes of this election,' fashion and lifestyle magazine says it must speak out

Vogue magazine is the latest publication to break with tradition and, for the first time, endorse a political candidate for president: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. She faces off against Republican nominee Donald Trump in a third debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

The worlds of politics and high fashion rarely mix, but Vogue magazine has made its first-ever political endorsement, joining a chorus of other media outlets breaking with tradition to support Hillary Clinton's campaign for U.S. president. 

"Vogue has no history of political endorsements …. Given the profound stakes of this one, and the history that stands to be made, we feel that should change," says an editorial posted by magazine staffers on Tuesday.

The piece noted that Vogue has profiled Clinton six times and "has enthusiastically covered Hillary Clinton's career, her rise from Yale law student to governor's wife to First Lady to senator to Secretary of State."

Over the years, Republican candidate Donald Trump's "family members Ivana, Marla, Melania, and Ivanka" have also featured in its pages, Vogue added.

Ultimately, however, staffers concluded that "two words give us hope: Madam President. Women won the vote in 1920. It has taken nearly a century to bring us to the brink of a woman leading our country for the first time. Let's put this election behind us and become the America we want to be: optimistic, forward-looking, and modern."

Breaking with tradition

In recent weeks, several prominent publications that have either rarely or never before endorsed U.S. presidential candidates have also advocated Clinton — or specifically decried Trump.

In late August, Wired waded into a presidential election for the first time by publishing its editor's ringing endorsement of Clinton. Scientific American followed with its own first: an article blasting rival Trump for his anti-science views.

Foreign Policy magazine, which has never endorsed a candidate for political office in its nearly half-century history, dropped the bombshell that it was endorsing Clinton earlier this month, calling a Trump presidency "among the greatest threats facing America."

Multiple editorials have contrasted Hillary Clinton's decades of public service and knowledge of issues with Donald Trump's lack of qualifications and outlandish statements. (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, prestigious magazine The Atlantic, which has endorsed just two presidential candidates in its 160-year history (Abraham Lincoln in 1860 and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964), added Clinton as its third ever in a message from the editors in the November 2016 issue that blasted Trump as "the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency."

Conservative papers back Clinton

Newspapers much more commonly endorse political candidates, but a host of outlets that traditionally support Republicans have also eschewed Trump, the party's official candidate, in favour of Clinton (or in a handful of cases, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson) in recent weeks.

"This year is different. The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified. That's why, for the first time in our history, The Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president," read a post from the editorial board of the 126-year-old Phoenix-based conservative paper, whose staffers were subsequently threatened with death and violence

"We don't come to this decision easily. This newspaper has not recommended a Democrat for the nation's highest office since before World War II — if you're counting, that's more than 75 years and nearly 20 elections," said an editorial in The Dallas Morning News

"This is not a traditional race, and these are not traditional times," stated the Cincinnati Enquirer, which endorsed Clinton after noting that the paper has supported Republican candidates for nearly a century.

"We need a leader who will bring out the best in all Americans, not the worst."


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