Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar ‘fight over Kate cover’

Sep 26, 2011

Duchess of Cambridge is in high demand in fashion world, but who will snag her first?

FASHION designers might be a bit sniffy about the Duchess of Cambridge's "ordinary" style, but it seems the glossy magazine editors are well aware of her consumer power. The question is, which mag will be the first to convince publicity-shy Kate to grace its cover?
The obvious candidate would be fashion bible Vogue. Alexandra Shulman, editor of the British version, was apparently unable to convince the Duchess (formerly known as Kate Middleton) to be photographed for a wedding edition earlier this year.
US editor Anna Wintour, however, is reported to be refusing to take no for an answer and has enlisted the help of the royal's favourite photographer, Mario Testino. A source told US tabloid New York Post, "Anna has been speaking to Mario about winning over Kate. She is really pressing him to shoot Kate for the cover."
Testino has had a close relationship with that side of the royal family ever since he began photographing Princess Diana and her children, William and Harry. Although he was not the official royal photographer at the royal wedding in April, he did take the couple's (slightly sickly) official engagement photo.
But Wintour has competition. Harper's Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey has apparently been fighting for the Duchess since the beginning of the year. Reports suggest that she may be trying to exploit her own royal connections - the magazine's fashion features editor, Sara Buys, is married to the Duchess's brother-in-law, Tom Parker Bowles.
"We're very, very fortunate to have some of the great Kates appear on our cover," Bailey told reporters back in January. "Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett... Who knows the future?"
New York magazine, however, notes that "British Vogue or another British magazine will probably get to shoot her before anyone in this country, anyway".

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