Set designer Julia Wagner gave Harris a serene backdrop of flowing pastel fabric, with salmon-tone satin and apple green brocade. With Harris in the Converse sneakers that have become her trademark and a blazer designed by her friend, designer Donald Deal, the image captures Harris, the groundbreaking politician, while alluding to the path that led her to the White House.
When conceptualizing the cover, Mitchell wanted to honor Harris’s college days and the powerful women who comprise the ranks of sororities like Alpha Kappa Alpha. The son of a Delta Sigma Theta (the second of the three historically Black sororities founded at Howard) and nephew of an AKA, he appreciated both organizations’ cultural importance. “I grew up from a young age deeply understanding the rich history of these sororities and their significance,” shared Mitchell via email. “With this cover shoot with Madam Vice President-elect Harris, I wanted the set design to pay homage to that history, her status as an AKA, and Black sororities and sisterhoods worldwide.”
More than inspiring her political journey, Harris’s sisters and the entirety of the Divine Nine fraternities and sororities who comprise the National Pan-Hellenic Council strolled to the polls to vote for her, creating a memorable viral moment in the process. For Mitchell, that kind of solidarity and strength in numbers is what it’s truly all about. “To me, their colors conjure images of Black women standing together,” he says. “[United] in sisterhood throughout time, affirming one another.”
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