I did not really post it immediately as I was so sure this cover would spawn so many ridiculous and hilarious reactions. By now, you should have seen the ‘controversial’ Vogue cover featuring Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. It was controversial because it is Vogue, lauded as the Fashion Bible, and according to Anna, “To be in Vogue has to mean something”. So what does it mean to feature a reality starlet whose claim to fame was because of a sex tape, on the front cover?
Anna Wintour defended her choice of cover by releasing this statement:
“Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, 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. I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?),” the 64-year-old editor in chief wrote in her letter from the editor.
“As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue‘s cover,” Anna added. “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.”
In all seriousness, however, if this is Anna’s way of acknowledging a slowly intellectual decline of modern American society by which featuring the most prominent cultural emblem, then yes, to be in Vogue, it has to mean something.