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Anna Wintour Defends That Kimye Vogue Cover, As If It Had Anything To Do With Fashion

Anna Wintour attending Paris Fashion Week March 2014

Have you had a chance to check out Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the April cover of Vogue yet? I’m assuming you have, because the internet’s been erupting ever since it came out on Friday, with James Franco already creating a parody, and things becoming so frenzied that even Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour herself has had to respond.

You know things are pretttty bad when an editor basically has to like…apologize to her readers for putting someone on a fashion magazine cover who is not even marginally related to fashion. Legitimately, the closest that Kim ever gets to the fashion world is posting an Instagram of her outfit every day and hashtagging the designers she wears. Oh, and that part where she’s engaged to a guy who makes shoes.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in wedding dress and tux on Vogue cover April 2014

And with all that in mind, there are a lot of people really indignant about how Kim could’ve possibly made her way from such humble beginnings as ‘subject of a sex tape’, ‘reality television star’, and ‘future wife of a rapper-cum-glorified cobbler’ to ‘Vogue cover model’. Particularly because of all those pernicious rumors about Anna being so anti-Kim that she’d never let her anywhere near the magazine, there’s a lot of talk that Anna got talked into it by her good friend Kanye, something she felt she had to address in her editor’s letter:

“You may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue‘s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”

Okay then why did you do it, Anna Wintour. Why?

“There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven’t been able to master, and for good reason. Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that.”

I’m just obsessed with the phrasing here. If I may briefly translate for you, I feel like this is a politically correct way of saying: “Kim Kardashian has some nerve being famous for no reason, but I got tired of resisting her strength of character Kanye’s nightly phone calls, and just put her on the cover already. And no, nothing is sacred. I’m just trying to sell magazines, trick.”

(Images: WENN.com / Vogue)

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  • elle

    It was….definitely an interesting choice to have them on the cover. But lately Vogue has been moving away from having the cover be about models/fashion so I guess it was inevitable. Honestly Vogue has basically just become Vanity Fair lately. I didn’t renew my subscription last year and I rarely pick a copy up at the store. But it still amazes me that Kimye got a cover before Victoria Beckham, a woman who has a legit clothing line and is a fashion icon. I know Anna allegedly has problem with her but come on, at least she deserves the cover.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh god, Victoria must be rolling over in her anti-aging sleep pod right now.

  • gdhh

    Anna used to be a visionary. She was great, but now she’s just another washed up sell out clinging on to her fading career and trying to please the public at the price of her previously unattainable standards.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      To be fair, I’m sure they sold a lot of issues this month.

    • gdhh

      Sure she did, but only because she’s catering to what public wants. Vogue used to stand in a class of its own, not giving a Damon about trends and always classy and so..disdainful of most things. Now it’s just become a publicity machine. Also, is it just me or is the photo too catalogue-y? And she’s grossly under-accessorized.

    • ggdhh

      Damn autocorrect. I meant damn. And you’re right, these previous times also it tried to change the word to the name of that hot one from vampire diaries.

    • jeanie jay

      Dude, if she’s giving away Damons, I WANT ONE. Especially of the Matt variety. XD

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I will also take one Damon please.

  • M_G

    Be sure to check out next month’s Vogue when Jenelle Evans graces the cover.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Oh god, don’t tempt fate.

  • AEM

    So, Wintour downed Miley’s Dec 2013 cover because of the VMAs, but is willing to put KimYe on? She might as well put Farrah Abraham on.

  • enni268

    Kimye are like the bad punch line of pop culture. Vogue used to mean validation but if this is what they are standing for, then I’m not sure what the magazine stands for anymore!

  • freya

    When Anna Wintour made Vogue the legendary fashion bible a tabloid by having this two knucklehead as front covers. She cheapens the magazine. And it’s time for Anna Wintour to resign she does NOT deserve anymore the title of Chief editor. I hope those assistant that she hurled her phone with should learn to fight her back. Because now she’s just a pretentious whinny hag.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      But she sold a bunch of copies!