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.
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)