Marianne Williamson photoshopped herself into an Annie Leibovitz portrait of the women running for president in 2020 – after it didn’t include her.
The pictures appeared in a Vogue magazine profile of five lawmakers running for the Democratic nomination: Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Tulsi Gabbard.
But Williams, an author who made the first Democratic primary debate, was furious when she was excluded.
So she edited herself into one of the photos and posted it on her Instagram account. It features her in the portrait hanging over the fireplace, which was a painting of a ship in the original photo.
‘Happy July 4th! Other generations have done what they were called to do, and now it’s our generation’s time to do what we are called to do,’ Williamson wrote as a caption to her altered picture.
‘The American revolution is an ongoing process, a continuous journey Into more and more expanded realms of possibility for everyone. It’s amazing when you dust off certain phases and reclaim them for their modern relevance. ‘Let freedom ring’ is not just a cliche after all,’ she noted.
Williamson said she was surprised when she saw the piece.
‘I just saw it online like everyone else did,’ Williamson told CNN earlier this week. ‘When we asked about it, we were told their decision was about featuring elected officials.’
When the Vogue piece was posted online on Monday, Wiliamson snapped out at the magazine via her Instagram page.
‘You might have noticed who’s not in this picture. And let’s be clear why it matters: the issue is ethical responsibility on the part of the media. The framers of the Constitution did not make Vogue magazine the gate keepers of America’s political process, here to determine who and who is not to be considered a serious political candidate,’ she wrote.
‘If we’re going to free this country to be all that it can be, then first we have to free ourselves from the thought forms dictated to us by a corporate/political/media establishment. It is the people and the people alone who should decide who will be their president, unburdened by the insidious influence of an elite on patrol. Period. Full stop,’ she added.
Williamson was mentioned in the Vogue article – entitled ‘Madam President’ and written by New York Times reporter Amy Chozick – but does not appear to have been interviewed.
The magazine said she wasn’t included because she was not a member of Congress.
‘We’re in no way discrediting Marianne Williamson and all she’s accomplished,’ a Vogue spokeswoman told CNN. ‘For the photo, Vogue wanted to highlight the five female lawmakers who bring a collective 40 years of political experience to this race.’
The author of the piece noted Williamson was included in the article’s text.
‘She was included in the piece. I mentioned her in piece. She was not in the photo,’ Chozick told CNN. ‘At the time in March when this piece was discussed, at the time in April when the photo was taken, the field was so vast they decided to focus on the elected officials.’
Williamson will be on the debate stage in Detroit in July for the second Democratic debate – as will the five other women running for president.
She was the most googled candidate in the first Democratic debate.