Kimye Cover Backlash Forces Anna Wintour To Desperately Defend Her Editorial Integrity

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are on the cover of Vogue. WTF.

After years of plotting, rumors, and machinations to rival anything on Game of Thrones, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West finally have their Vogue cover, and the Internet is pissed. Vogue is supposed to be sophisticated, fans insist, and a woman who used to dress badly and is associated with “low-brow” reality TV has no place on its hallowed cover.

“This might as well be TMZ,” one Facebook friend grumped.

“Who’s next, Courtney Stodden?” another whined.

But Kim Kardashian is a polarizing figure, and this controversy was so predictable that Anna Wintour herself was on the defensive from the moment the cover was revealed, asserting that putting Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue had nothing to do with Kanye’s campaigning and was in fact a perfect representation of her editorial vision.

“You may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue‘s cover,” she wrote. “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.”

Despite the fact that just a year ago rumor held that Wintour called Kardashian, “the worst thing since socks and sandals” (which, while funny, does sound like a made-up quote), Wintour defensively insists that this was all her idea, and that Kim Kardashian earned her cover through strength of character.

“There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven’t been able to master, and for good reason,” Wintour added, according to Refinery29. “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.”

We love that she called them “the Kardashian Wests,” as though inventing a double-barrelled name will make them sound posh like British aristocrats. We’re going to keep calling them Kimye, because it’s funnier and fits better on Twitter. Wintour is right about their domination of modern media, though, and about Kanye West’s obvious talents. We’re less convinced that Kim’s fame is due to her “strength of character.”

Wintour is defending her artistry and editorial integrity too much. It was obvious Kim Karashian was going to get her cover eventually. She commands too much of the modern media landscape to be denied forever. Wintour knows what she’s doing, and we predict this cover will sell. The 12 million people who love Kim Kardashian will buy it. The nigh infinite number of people who love to hate Kim Kardashian will buy it. And the rest of us who just like to rubberneck a good controversy will buy it. The only person who won’t buy it is Sarah Michelle Gellar, and we think she’s bluffing.

(Photo: Vogue)

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      SMG is definitely bluffing…but I agree with what she tweeted haha

    • ScarletRegina

      Truth be told, my biggest problem with this cover is that it’s really ugly. I’m not a Kim fan but there is no denying that GIRL IS GORGEOUS – however, they’ve airbrushed her into ridiculousness and she doesn’t remotely look like herself.

      The staging of the photo is really awkward to… bleh.

    • katr

      Of course its going to sell the Kardashians will BUY up Thousands and thousands of Vogue magazine to say see we are famous

    • LolaMD

      I’m not enraged or disgusted, only dissapointed. Wintour’s justification was even worse. Anna Wintour has definately fallen five notches in my book along with America’s “modern media/culture”. Or should I simply state #embarrassing

    • HolidayGuest

      This article couldn’t be farther from the truth. A large number of Kim’s alleged twitter fans are fake. Vogue subscribers,non-Vogue subscribers and the rest of us are serious and will NOT buy this mag, despite your belief that we will. I don’t know what rock this author has been under this weekend or which K-trash they’re buddies with, but let’s wait until this issue is out and the sales are dismal – we’ll wait for your retraction. (btw – the backlash has not stopped. See Vogue’s FB page for proof)

    • Charmless

      Everybody stay away from Posh for a little while. She’s going to be dangerously pissed about this. Lena Dunham and KK get a US Vogue cover before she does? It’s a travesty.

    • Crayzcheshire

      You forgot to mention the group of people like me who feel very MEH about the whole thing and won’t be buying it

    • I Like Pizza

      The real story here is that Vogue put a hashtag on the cover.

    • S

      Why so much hate and vitriol for Kim Kardashian? How is her fame and fortune taking away from your life? I sense a lot of bitterness and resentment.