Vogue vs. the Kardashians

Note: This article is Part 1 of 2 opinion pieces covering Kim Kardashian and Vogue. Part 2 can be viewed here.

Media maven and scandal magnet Kim Kardashian has done what many view as unbelievable and landed herself on the cover of Vogue’s April 2014 issue. Vogue is often seen as the fashion world’s end-all be-all when it comes to printed publications and its latest move has been polarizing. This comes at a time when Kim is planning her dream wedding to music mogul Kanye West, which is why she is featured alongside him in a beautiful Lanvin wedding dress.  The cover, along with the spread, was shot by none other than one of the magazine’s best-known photographers, Annie Leibovitz, and even includes shots with baby North West. To Kim’s supporters, the accomplishment will go down as one of the biggest in her career, while to others she is still seen as undeserving of such an honor.

The name Kardashian has been inescapable for the last five years, with the debut of Kim and her family’s  hit TV show, the opening of the family’s DASH boutiques and their ability to draw public attention by making people love them and love to hate them. Kim is also no stranger to public marriages, as not long ago her marriage and immediate divorce to basketball-player Kris Humphries was televised and viewed by millions of people. Her current fiancé, Kanye West, is also very familiar with making headlines, whether he is feuding with the paparazzi, making musical masterpieces or pushing the creative limits at concerts, he is always on our minds. These two as a couple make for a powerhouse of fame and fortune.

Via US Magazine
Via US Magazine

However, it takes more than being a celebrity to land the cover of Vogue. Names such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Emma Stone and Anne Hathaway have graced the cover. This makes for even more of a shocking sting to people who ask, “What has she done to get on the cover of Vogue?”  If looking at this decision of Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour through a fashion lens, the answer is “nothing”.  When you look at it through an objective lens, it is easier to understand.  According to abcnews.com, Wintour said in her editor’s letter that, “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,” which the couple on the cover epitomize.

The idea was brilliant, because there is no couple who is more at the center of pop culture.  Whether you hate her or you love her, one has to admit that no matter what fire Kim comes under and how badly she is bashed, she always emerges unscathed and better than ever. We never thought it would happen, but Anna Wintour has always been known to do what others are not willing to do. Good job Kim, and good job Anna.

Rafiki Johnson is a contributing writer. Email him at bstyle@nyunews.com


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