Seeing reality-TV star Kim Kardashian and her fiancé, singer/performer Kanye West, on the cover of one the world’s most prestigious fashion magazines causes a few smiles, and a lot of backlash towards Vogue.
As the US editor of Vogue, famed fashion-icon and permanent fixture in the fashion world Anna Wintour was at the center of the heated outrage on social-media sites like Twitter. Before anyone caught site of the cover however, Wintour made the decision to defend it, even before anyone saw it.
The editor wrote the response defending the cover inside the April edition, the same edition that featured Kim and Kanye on the cover, meaning that she wrote the defense expecting the initial pushback from readers and the media.
Writing the editor’s letter Wintour stated that, “part of the pleasure of editing Vogue… is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it.”
As for her choice on the celebrity couple Wintour simply said, “I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye.”
With a photo-shoot shot by Annie Leibovitz herself, the couple are shown in multiple locations including their own jet with their one-child together, North West.
Behind the scenes readers and other publications have stated in the past that Wintour has been against Kim Kardashian from ever appearing on Vogue, though Wintour has never gone on record saying anything to that effect. Wintour said that the cover was “entirely our idea,” and that neither Kanye or Kim pressured the magazine into shooting the cover, or for them appearing in a Vogue feature.
Fashion and Pop-Culture generally go hand-in-hand, Kanye and Kim both have dabbled in their own fashion brands in the past, and whether you agree with the decision or not, the two have played a role in the fashion industry throughout their career. Whether that grants them a trip to the Vogue cover is debatable, but pointless after the fact.