Words by Erin Donnelly.
Less than a week after the first round of Democratic debates, five of the six women running for president are coming together for a Vogue photo shoot lensed by the famed Annie Leibovitz.
Though there’s been some friction between the candidates — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s sister complained on Twitter that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, pictured here in a red blazer, got more air time during last Wednesday’s debate — they’re all smiles in the magazine shoot, which also includes a shot of them in a group high-five.
Along with a black-clad Gabbard and Warren, Sen. Amy Klobuchar in peacock green, LBD-wearing Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and a suit-sporting Sen. Kamala Harris are featured.
“A woman’s place is in the House, Senate and the White House,” Harris quipped as she shared the photo on social media, while Minnesota senator Klobuchar wrote, “May the best woman win.”
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 2, 2019
Madam President. Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? https://t.co/El0QG54IyR
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 1, 2019
The women also opened up to writer Amy Chozick about their policies, motherhood — with Warren recalling using M&Ms to potty-train her daughter so she could put the toddler in daycare and free her up to attend law school — and what it’s like to be part of a group vying for the title of Madam President.
“I think the reason all of these women ran is because they weren’t going to accept a nation where Trump’s views of the world would prevail,” said Gillibrand.
“I’ve heard from girls 8, 9, 10 years old, and for them this is what an election should look like,” added Gabbard. “It’s not a shocker.”
Many supporters are hailing the group shoot.
“I really do appreciate the fact that none of the women who are running for the nomination seem willing to cut one another down,” read one Instagram comment. “You may not agree on the how, but you all agree that things must change. I’m proud to support the wonderful women who are speaking up and investing in change! #ClassyWomen”
“Y’all are changing the ENTIRE GAME,” wrote one of Harris’s followers.
Some, however, were quick to play favorites — often at the expense of Gabbard.
A better version pic.twitter.com/qwHwCxatwb
— Unlikeable UltmtPerSISter 🏳️🌈🤨🎯Women2020 (@ultmtpersister) July 2, 2019
While conservatives trolled Gillibrand’s call for a “Madam President” — “Thank goodness you will never know,” read one comment, while one wrote, “Ivanka Trump would make an excellent president” — the main question on everyone’s lips was: “Where’s Marianne Williamson?”
Presidential candidate Williamson, the Oprah-connected spiritual adviser famed for her new age outlook, wasn’t included in the shoot or its accompanying story, though it’s unclear why. Some have suggested that Williamson was excluded because, unlike the other candidates, she is neither a member of the Senate or the House.
The internet, of course, has other theories.
“I’m assuming Marianne is off harnessing love?” joked one commenter.
“She couldn't get anyone to cover her shift on the Psychic Friends Network,” someone suggested, while one person wrote that she was “aligning her chakras.”
“Marianne is gonna do some brujería [witchcraft] on this photo,” added another commenter.
Where's the new-age hippie lady?
— Salvatore Compoccia (@SCompoccia) July 2, 2019
Williamson’s absence riled up some supporters.
Not okay. Excludes democratic presidential candidate, @marwilliamson
— Overturn Citizens United. (@jamesmarie33) July 2, 2019
— Trace (@WithoutaTRACE) July 2, 2019