We suppose when the President-elect of the United States of America retains an executive producer credit in a reality TV show, it seems churlish to criticise Theresa May for merely appearing in a photoshoot for Vogue.
But people are reacting with surprise to the news from Downing Street that the Prime Minister is to appear in a spread in the fashion bible in their April issue given that, perhaps, y’know, she should be concentrating on small matters such as what the hell Brexit is actually going to be – other than red, white, blue and brexity – instead.
In addition, there’s more than a hint of cronyism about the booking, given that the magazine’s editor Anna Wintour – who was the inspiration for Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada – was made a dame in the New Year Honours list.
However, to be fair to the PM, she is a long-term fan of the US magazine, having chosen a lifetime’s subscription to it as her luxury item during her appear on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, and is also a keen follower of fashion – a stance that landed her in trouble during a much-publicised recent row with former education secretary Nicky Morgan, who objected to her wearing a pair of leather trousers worth £995. She is frequently pictured wearing a variety of eye-catching shoes.
Moreover, her predecessors as PM David Cameron and Tony Blair were no strangers to the pages of the likes of GQ, while the last female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was photographed for British Vogue four times.
Nonetheless, at such a crucial time for British politics, is this really the best use of May’s time right now? Let us know what you think below.