Vogue US released a controversial cover last March featuring the pre-wedding pictures of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the cover. Several readers expressed dismayed that a reality TV starlet, whose claimed to fame was through poorly directed black-and-white porn video, had snatched such a coveted cover when even other more relevant and prominent celebrities like Viola Davis or Emmy Rossum had been surreptitiously forgotten.
Anna Wintour broke her silence and addressed the concern during her speech at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Monday evening:
“I see the role of Vogue to reflect what’s going on in the culture. The first celebrity that I put on the cover of Vogue was Madonna, and that was considered completely controversial at the time, too. It’s such a long time ago probably no one remembers, but she was a very controversial figure. Now she’s part of the establishment. I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine! Nobody would talk about us. It’s very important that people do talk about us.”
Maybe after the #breaktheinternet photoshoot and the Vogue March figure wasn’t as great as Wintour had previously thought, she might see some sense. But it only proves one thing, however, that it is sad to see celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Kanye West who are desperately seeking acceptance to the people who clearly don’t even care about them.