I’m not gonna lie: When news of this cover arrived last Friday by way of Vogue’s e-mailed newsletter, I threw this couple some major shade (i.e. there was a lot of eye-rolling on my part, compounded by a long, drawn-out Oh, puh-leez for extra dramatic effect.)
I’m not in Vogue Queen/Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s inner circle or anything, but it was pretty much an open secret that there was a time when she preferred to have been photographed in Prada from three seasons past than place Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue.
But, I guess Mama Bear Kris Jenner finally succeeded in twisting Anna’s arm (if the two were to throw down in a dark alley, my money is totally on Kris); or perhaps the rumors are true that Kanye confronted Anna with a Come to Jesus plea as to why both he and Kim rightfully deserve the holy grail that is the cover of Vogue.
Will we ever know what possessed Anna to cave and throw in the towel? Probably not.
Despite my major hateration, I still clicked on the link in the newsletter that read Click here for the video of Kim, Kanye, and Baby North on set of the photo shoot with [photographer phenom] Annie Leibovitz .
So let’s start with the obvious: Baby North is gorgeous, and the photos of her parents look like art. But then, Leibovitz is arguably the best in the biz. She could photograph a wine-o passed out on a street corner and it would look like, well…art.
Because that’s what Annie Leibovitz does.
But I’m still scratching my head with regard to what qualifies these two – more specifically Kim – to land on this cover. I don’t mean to be a fashion purist here, but I’ve been a Vogue subscriber since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, and I quite liked the days when it was a given that Elle, Naomi, Stephanie, Linda – you know, models of that ilk – would grace a cover.
But, alas, it is a new day, one when actresses have snatched those coveted cover gigs and reality stars are even nipping at the heels of bona fide actresses. (I do admit, however, that I am inconsistent in my belief that a Vogue cover is only for cat walkers because I was fine with Sarah Jessica Parker, Lena Dunham, and Beyoncé gracing the cover; in fact, I was downright happy for them.)
Let me just come out and admit my bias right now: Khloe is my favorite Kardashian sister. I really, truly like Khloe. Like, would-like-to-have-coffee-with-her kind of like. But I’m not sure I want to see her on the cover of Vogue. Kanye, love him or hate him, I think is pretty good at what he does
when he’s not acting
like a complete fool and insulting people at award shows, but I’m not sure
even he should be staring back at me from the cover of Vogue.
It’s Kim that leaves me scratching my head. Yeah, she’s pretty. But what does she do? Even on her reality show, she’s got the personality of a napkin. Let’s face it: Kim is known for her big butt and vocal fry. (JLo was known for her butt, too, yes; but at least she sings, dances, and acts.)
Why is Kim famous?
Well, we all know technically why she’s famous, and, frankly, therein lies my fascination with her. Although I don’t admire it – quite the contrary, I find it profoundly stupefying how her mother, Kris, can make a dollar out of 15 cents. How she can spin gold from a sex tape…which eventually led to the cover of Vogue. And I’m guessing that Anna is willing to bet that this type of fascination will translate into magazine sales because that’s the whole point of this, right?
What do you think of this cover? Tell me – even if you are Team “Kimye.”
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