Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his fiancée Lauren Sánchez are the latest to get the Vogue profile treatment, but the feature has the pair and magazine taking incoming from all sides.
The interview and accompanying photoshoot, which appears in the December issue of Vogue, was published on Vogue.com earlier this week and it took no time at all for the internet to pick apart every last detail.
On Thursday’s show, Megyn was joined by community activist Carrie Prejean Boller to discuss the profile and why it makes them want to puke.
The Vogue Treatment
In the article titled “Lauren Sánchez Is Looking to the Future” writer Chloe Malle, interviews both Sánchez and Bezos about their engagement, workout routines, and purported dedication to environmental causes – sans mention of any controversies, like the cheating scandal that led to their courtship. “Let’s face it: this relationship began in an extramarital affair,” Megyn noted. “They were both cheating on their spouses, but now they’re getting the Vogue treatment to where we’re supposed to believe it’s a grand love affair.”
A broadcaster turned helicopter pilot with a penchant for using the word “magical,” Sánchez reportedly flew photographer Annie Lebowitz and her crew to a myriad of locations – including inside the building of the opulent 10,000-Year Clock – for the widely-maligned photoshoot in which she appears alone in designer duds and draped over her buff beau.
At one point, Malle writes of how Sánchez is wearing a crop top while partying on Bezos’ $500 million, 417-foot megayacht with Leonardo DiCaprio and Queen Rania of Jordan. When questioned about how this isn’t very ‘green’ of them, Sánchez is “undaunted” about her carbon footprint. “I think Jeff and I really are focusing on the long-term commitment to climate, and we’re extremely optimistic about it,” she tells Vogue. “Ten billion is just the beginning.”
But that’s not all. Malle says the pair uses “green aviation fuel whenever possible and that their yacht can sail using only wind power.” According to Sánchez, “we’ve done it and it’s magical.” Megyn had but one response: “I want to puke in my mouth,” she joked.
Bezos, meanwhile, is painted as the ultimate “Mediterranean He-Man” – “emerging from the water” in palm-print swim trunks. “They’re talking about him like he is some sort of alpha male, [but] Bezos is no one’s idea of a ‘he-man,’” Megyn noted. “This guy, just a couple of years ago, was like this dweeby little book salesman starting Amazon… Now, because he’s the third richest man in the world, this woman… decided to leave her husband… and marry him.”
The backlash to the piece was swift. “I love it when people just kind of cut right to the chase with reaction to this stuff and somebody was like, ‘Read the room like on what’s appropriate Vogue, and Lauren, and Jeff,” Megyn said. Over at Daily Mail, Maureen Callahan called the missive “slobbering, non-critical, and as superficial as their pneumatic physiques.”
Prejean Boller said the timing is hard to understand. “How tone deaf can Vogue be,” she asked. “With everything going on in the world, that’s who they want to talk about?” She said “celebrating” a couple who got together after cheating on their spouses reflects a loss of “morality.”
Ultimately, Megyn thinks the couple is in for a rude awakening. “A little warning, Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez: You lose them how you get them,” she concluded. “Proceed at your own risk.”
You can check out Megyn’s full interview with Prejean Boller by tuning in to episode 671 on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch The Megyn Kelly Show live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.