No, Vogue is Not Dead


“The reaction to Vogue’s “Kimye” cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz, was instantaneous and explosive: the temple has been desecrated; the terrorists have won; Vogue is dead. But the cover may represent the death of one thing and the birth of another. Kanye and Kim’s cover is a feat that would dazzle any mystic: it is Vogue rising out of the ashes of Vogue.”

Read more on Business of Fashion.

I think we all can agree that we have grown tired of the over-exposure and over-dramatic responses to the April Vogue cover. It’s well-executed april fool prank by Anna Wintour’s dry sense of humour (Joking, the cover is legit), but I can’t help but to post this op-ed article I found on why that “Kimye” cover is a beginning of rather a new era in which I am not entirely sold on but curious to see where it might lead to. 

I am not referring to the subject on the cover, I’m referring to the objective of the cover –  controversy. If anything, that objective falls squarely under the Kardashian’s forte. Their entire clan’s success is based on widely-diverse opinions whether they deserve such a public spectacle, for not possessing any redeeming talents, but to create and become one.

I am sure as loud as the voice of the pledging for un-subscription, it won’t hurt Vogue. It will only make it, well, in vogue. Let’s not forget that Anna Wintour was the one who introduced mix-pairing of couture and jeans on the cover of a luxury magazine, or making supermodels grace the covers, or making celebrities grace the covers. 

Hence why I am not entirely sold on reality stars gracing the covers. But maybe, it’s a sign of an era. We as a society glamourises people who are glamourised by the internet. 

But based on the objective alone, I say, well done, Anna. You succeed.