Anna Wintour dodges question on Melania Trump's fashion: Michelle Obama 'is the example that I admire'
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Legendary Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour sidestepped a question about first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE’s fashion choices in a recent interview to offer praise to Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Obama explains decision to get into movie business: 'We all have a sacred story' Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts MORE, saying the former first lady is “the example that I admire.”

In an interview on the podcast "The Economist asks" over the weekend, host Anne McElvoy pressed Wintour about what she thought of the current first lady’s style decisions during the Trumps' recent state visit to the United Kingdom.


“She did come to the U.K. and I think very consciously wanted to see herself as an ambassador for British fashion in this case or transatlantic ambassador,” McElvoy said of the first lady's style during the visit. “Do you value that?” 

"Well, I think first lady Michelle Obama really was so incredible in every decision she made about fashion," Wintour responded. "She supported young American designers. She supported designers from all over the world. She was the best ambassador that this country could possibly have in many ways, obviously, beyond fashion."

"But she’s not the first lady now. So what about the one you’ve got now?" McElvoy said.

"To me, she is the example that I admire," Wintour said, referencing Obama.

McElvoy then asked Wintour if she would give fashion advice to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE if he were to call, to which the editor responded, "I think he's unlikely to call."

At another point in the interview, Wintour was asked why Melania Trump hasn’t been asked to appear on the cover of Vogue since becoming first lady and whether it’s been a conscious decision for Vogue to “lift up the portrayal of Democratic women.”

“I think it’s important for Vogue to support women who are leading change in this country,” Wintour said.