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Vogue’s Anna Wintour Justifies Placing Kim & Kanye On Controversial 2014 Cover
By Mikelle Leow, 11 Sep 2019
Images via Vogue and DKSStyle / Shutterstock.com
Vogue magazine’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has made some pretty unexpected quips in the past, but they often make a lot of sense.
Recently, she’s justified featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the April 2014 cover of US Vogue magazine, which previously sent fashion lovers in a frenzy.
It’s now hard to imagine, but the Kardashian sister wasn’t part of the fashion industry elite then. In fact, she was just known as West’s plus one at the 2013 Met Gala.
According to BuzzFeed News, the shoot was so frowned upon, it amassed “over 700” replies in the comment sections of articles within days, and most of them weren’t painting the couple in a positive light.
Readers thought the feature on West and Kardashian, who were getting ready for their wedding in May 2014, was tarnishing the prestige established by the Vogue empire.
“Well, I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription,” Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted after the cover was unveiled. “Who’s with me?”
Despite the contention, Wintour still has no regrets about spotlighting the couple. In a trailer for her MasterClass series on leadership and creativity, she admitted she had made a “deeply controversial” decision, but “there is always a time when you know you have to break the rules.”
Kardashian and West were rising in popularity due to the socialite’s new reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and since they “were part of the conversation of the day,” Wintour decided it would be a “big misstep” for the magazine if it didn’t feature the two.
She brought up the controversy as an example for how to attain success, further stressing, “You are leading… not following, and that’s a very important lesson to always keep in your mind.”
However, Wintour might have viewed the couple a little differently back in 2014, as when asked why she made the decision to place them on the cover then, she wittily replied, “If we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine!”
Wintour emphasized that the first-ever celebrity she featured on a cover of Vogue magazine was Madonna for the May 1989 issue, and “now she’s part of the establishment.” Her foresight is noteworthy, as Kim Kardashian is now a familiar name in the entertainment, fashion and beauty spheres.
Image via Vogue
[via BuzzFeed News, images via various sources]
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