Politics in Vogue

Since First Lady Michelle Obama has been so amazing at bringing fashion into the White House, the nation’s fashion magazines have shown a new interest in bringing politics into their pages.

This month, Elle Magazine has a surprisingly long feature on Gavin Newsom, written by Diana Kapp. We couldn’t find anything newsworthy in the piece, but it’s a nice overview of his career for a national publication.

But the most noteworthy piece is Jonathan Van Meter’s profile of Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice. What a powerhouse! You can see an edited version of the article online, or of course read the full piece in the June 2009 issue of Vogue.

For an excellent video of Ambasador Rice, we recommend the following United Nations Webcast showing her speech at the 15th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide (April 9, 2009.)

The mass killings began on April 6, 1994, when tribal Hutu militia members attacked their tribal Tutsi countrymen after the plane of then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, was shot down. Within 100 days, some 800,000 people were murdered.

At the time, Susan Rice was a high-level member of the National Security Council, which did nothing to stop the genocide. She said later (in 2001), “I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.”