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.