Oprah Winfrey tells Vogue that a 2020 presidential run would kill her

On the cover of Vogue Magazine August edition, Oprah Winfrey has dampened speculation that she may be planning to run for president.

When she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her impact on the world of entertainment at this year’s Golden Globe Awards in January, she gave a much-praised speech saying “a new day is on the horizon.” This made some people speculate that she might be thinking about running for president.

Many even hoped for Oprah 2020. But this is a dream that might not come to pass as 64-year-old Oprah Winfrey tells British Vogue in a recent interview that she couldn’t stomach a presidential run. Oprah Winfrey is the cover star of the August 2018 issue of British Vogue.

Oprah Winfrey on Vogue August cover

She was photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and styled by Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, with hair by Nicole Mangrum and Malcolm Edwards, and make-up by Derrick Rutledge, Winfrey wears a custom-made taffeta gown by Stella McCartney and white-and-yellow-diamond and emerald earrings by Buccellati.

In the interview, Oprah reacted to the speculation of running for president and said: “In that political structure, all the non-truths, the bullshit, the crap, the nastiness, the backhanded backroom stuff that goes on, I feel like I could not exist,” Winfrey told British Vogue. “I would not be able to do it. It’s not a clean business. It would kill me.”

Oprah Winfrey on Vogue August Cover

Winfrey is also outspoken in her support for the #MeToo movement and victims of sexual abuse.
“People talk about ‘these are such dark times’, but what if we shift the paradigm? Because I see it differently,” she said. “I see, ‘Isn’t this remarkable that we’re waking up?’ For years, women have endured craziness. This is what’s happening to people. They are allowing themselves to not just become corroded, but to become hysterical. You’ve got to lean to the happiness.”
British Vogue will release the full interview when the issue hits newsstands July 6.


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