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Talk about timing. On Thursday, Vanity Fair Mexico announced that its latest cover star was, uh, Melania Trump.
The Conde Nast-owned publication recycled an old photo of the first lady that first appeared in GQ last April. (GQ is also owned by Conde Nast.) The image sees Melania posing with a fork over a bowl of jewels, as if she’s going to consume the bling like pasta, with the tagline that reads “Nueva Jackie Kennedy” (translation: “New Jackie Kennedy”). The GQ interview was re-used in VF Mexico, too.
— Vanity Fair México (@VanityFairMX) January 26, 2017
While it’s awkward enough that the international glossy is re-using a recently published photo, the timing is also ironic given that President Donald Trump is ordering the construction of a border wall with Mexico and saying that the Mexican government will pay for it.
In response, president of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted that he had canceled his scheduled meeting with Trump after hearing about his plans. (No word yet about his Vanity Fair subscription.) “This morning we have informed the White House that I will not attend the meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with the @POTUS,” wrote Nieto.
Esta mañana hemos informado a la Casa Blanca que no asistiré a la reunión de trabajo programada para el próximo martes con el @POTUS.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) January 26, 2017
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox Quesada also chimed in: “Sean Spicer, I’ve said this to @realDonaldTrump and now I’ll tell you: Mexico is not going to pay for that fucking wall. #FuckingWall“
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 25, 2017
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 26, 2017
The Trump administration is also looking to “impose a tax on imports, at least from countries with which the U.S. runs a trade deficit” to pay for the wall, according to the Los Angeles Times.
It’s been quite a week for Conde Nast, which announced plans for massive restructuring of its business side in efforts to better adapt to the digital landscape.
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