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Vogue's Anna Wintour Addresses Kim Kardashian/Kanye West Cover & All the Related Controversy

Vogue's Anna Wintour Addresses Kim Kardashian/Kanye West Cover & All the Related Controversy

Anna Wintour has opened up about the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover of Vogue‘s April 2014 issue.

“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. I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?),” the 64-year-old editor in chief wrote in her letter from the editor.

“As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue‘s cover,” Anna added. “He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”

So there you have it!

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  • Whatever!!!

    How pathetic that an editor of Vogue feels the public pressure to even issue such a statement. Obviously she is aware that the majority of the public finds this a low brow choice and joke for a publication with such (former) regard. Too late to save face. Vogue is no longer officially regarded as the fashion bible. It’s literally as gross as Life & Style or InTouch magazines.

  • wtf

    rest in peace, vogue!

  • Terese

    Boycott Vogue!

  • Q.

    At least shut up Wintour…Hope this issue will be the least sold!

  • schita

    that makes you a trashy pig just like them!!!


    Kanye made Anna suck his dick

  • jstntm

    Anna is completely delusional. If she thinks the cover is charming and touching she’s nuts. She’s featuring two of the most egotistical, self-absorbed, classless pieces of crap the world ever produced, and she thinks that is just fine and dandy. The woman is in need of psychological help.

  • Mikayla

    Kim Kardashian made her money in the porn industry. First porno actress on the cover of Vogue. Anna Wintour must be proud.

  • Amy

    It’s time for Anna Wintour to retire then. Everyone email Conde Nast and let them know you won’t buy another copy of Vogue as long as Anna Wintour is the editor in chief.

  • Helene

    I’m happy to see them on the cover. I love the two of them together and what a pretty little baby North is. I was thinking the other day: people get on Kim’s case for being a talentless woman, yet they idolize fashion models. What’s the difference? She models, she helps to create clothing lines, etc. People like Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne have long histories of drug use, alcoholism, violence and other gross habits, yet people bow down to them. Those models are doing the same thing: having their picture taken for a living and getting paid ridiculous sums to do so. Think about Naomi Campbell physically abusing her assistants, drugged up on yachts with billionaires, etc., yet she’ll go down in history as one of the greatest supermodels ever. People need to get over hating on Kim. She’s gorgeous and I’m happy she got the cover.

  • NekoFirefoxy

    I completely disagree to that statement of Anna Wintour. I think it’s a horrible sign to let people who prefer a lavish lifestyle accompanied by rude behavior define a part of today’s culture.

    Vogue had been quite a “bible” for me. It was inspiring regarding fashion and style in general but putting these two people on the cover I’m honestly disappointed about the direction Vogue had been going to.

    The delusions of grandeur and extravagance shouldn’t be key notes proclaimed by such a huge magazine.

    That’s just another step in the downfall of a once great magazine.

  • Lili

    Someone please replace this woman before she destroys Vogue completely.

  • huh

    the only people who are to blame are the ones who are going to buy this issue. sad comment if this old lady thinks Kim K has defined our culture by doing home p orn movies. wow or the low brow lackey’s

  • Cathy

    The fact that a certain image on a magazine cover is getting to you so profoundly that you are requesting to boycott or that the value of the magazine has suddenly decreased is pathetic. Get over it. If u don’t like it, don’t buy it & move on, not like u buy every single issue anyway. By posting negative comments u are just contributing to the reason why the public letter had to be issued.

  • Amy


    Umm… Kim is a Porn Star, not a model. Google it.

  • Helene

    And I also want to add that since people will probably jump on me for comparing Kim to Kate Moss: I’m not saying they’re the same. Sure, Kate Moss has had an enormous impact on fashion. What I AM saying is that they ultimately do the exact same job which is look beautiful, model clothes, live lavish lifestyles, mingle amongst famous people, and so on. There is no difference at all in terms of “talent” or job description. If anything, Kim doesn’t waste her body away with drugs and smashing hotel rooms a la Kate Moss.

  • Rose

    She needs to retire… Kayne is all the things she described, but Kim is a reality star that gets lucky with having a kid with an artist. I want a refund on my subscription. This is as bad as Lagerfeld making KStew the face of his campaign. They’re officially to old to be deciding what it is relevant in fashion and art…

  • john travolta


  • Just me

    Ms. Wintour Kim Kardashian may shape the world as YOU see it. Speak for yourself. As you can see now, people with a brain don’t want an uneducated porno fool like Kim K. to define the world around them. I hope you get the biggest backlash of your like for putting these two egotistical nobodies on the cover of Vogue.

  • Just me

    @NekoFirefoxy: Agree!

  • Ava

    This is the worst decision Vogue has ever made and a sign that the desperation to stay relevant had reached critical mass. Sad day for Vogue magazine, folks.

  • Sheyenne

    Why is this such a big deal!? They can choose whoever they want to be on the cover of their magazine. Yeah Kim and Kanye have done some questionable stuff but who hasn’t. The only difference is that their celebrities and people think they can judge and say whatever they want about them. It’s a freaking magazine … get over it. If I was Anna Wintour I wouldn’t have cared to say anything but she did it to prove all those negative people who made up rumors wrong. Lovely cover Kim and Kanye!

  • Kitty

    It’s a sad world that is shaped by trash like Kim K and it isn’t my world. I guess Vogue now belongs to that other place where trash resides. Along with Anna Wintour.

  • maisy RL

    …wow. This is ridiculous. Thankfully some institutions have standards: the hollywood walk of fame not giving Kim K a star…never thought they’d hold up their principles higher than Vogue. Unfortunately Vogue, like all other print publications, are dying a slow death. To extend their life, they need to sell more copies and the best way to do that is to put people on the cover that will sell. Enter Kimye. Still good to know A-listers, smart intellectuals, really talented folks don’t respect/like Kim K. And poor Beyonce has to attend this trashy wedding through Jay Z’s association with Kanye.

  • SorryNOTsorry

    NOT only did Kanye beg but he also wants her to clear his name! Anna I love you but please be quiet! You’re not fooling anyone. For the past year all Kanye has done was promote kim and saying “there’s no reason kim shouldn’t be on the cover of vogue” he was pissed she was cut out of a vogue picture of the couple from the met ball and the list goes on! There’s a reason she was never on vogue and a reason for him
    To complain about it. Please if Anna wanted her on the cover it’d would’ve been a long time ago. He most definitely begged!!

    Kanye basically complained in the media that kim hasn’t been on vogue. Imagine what he said to Anna in private? C’mon people get your head out of your asses. Kanye is the biggest hot head. Anna would never put kim on the cover alone, ever! So she chose this angle of this “power couple” and celebrity family. Notice Kim’s still not on it alone and I don’t think, I hope, she won’t ever be on the cover alone.
    She doesn’t deserve it.

    Fun fact: Kim cheated on Reggie with Kanye. She’s not an innocent sex tape victim this is who she is, a slut dripping in chanel and Botox.

  • Tom

    There’s a reason Wintour didn’t get a front row seat at the Valentino show this year , Wintour should retire, Vogue has become as tacky as all the others.

  • Avery

    I think Ann Wintour’s decision to put those pair of disgusting muppetts on the front of Vogue is fabulous. Just shows her and the fashion industry up for what they really are. A group of self entitled air heads with narcissistic personalities. Totally devoid of anything resembling reality.

  • That’s Right

    Apparently, the uproar is huge which is great!! Vogue’s Facebook page is flooded with disdain for this decision. Of course, Anna is not going to go against the golden payoff she received and tell the truth. We’ll just have to wait and see if she can save face when the sales and subscriptions go down the toilet. RIHELL Vogue and Anna!

  • Alaia

    I’m just disappointed that Anna caved in. I hope people avoid the cover like a plague.

  • Eddy

    Anna Wintour is as repulsive as is her ‘trademark’ hairstyle and sandles. Who annointed this woman as the fashion maven? Who knows the real truth as why she put the equally hideous Kim & Kanye on the cover. May be just for the simple publicity it seems to be drumming up. I believe she killed any credibility that Vogue had left with this move.

  • Amy

    @That’s Right:

    Great. I’m glad people are commenting on Facebook. :)

  • Mallory

    You guys are idiots. Anna and the rest of the heads at Vogue are geniuses. They knew how much buzz this would cause, and you all are just proving their point. People either love or hate Kimye, as a couple or as individuals. They knew people would be blowing up about this, and thats what you all are doing. Anna is 100% correct, they are a HUGE influence in our culture, whether it’s his music or her fashion influence, or if it’s us making fun of their stupidity. Vogue knows that they’re doing.

  • Diaper Butt Kim K.

    I bet Kim is crying right now because she is not receiving the response she was hoping for from the public she try so hard to get to like her. Well dump butt the truth of how everyone really feels about you and your bully Kanye West has come home to roost! ENJOY!!!!!

  • That’s Right


    Having the public talk about their dislike of them is not always positive. Anna will pay for it in the end with down subscriptions, lack of sales for this book, and returned subscriptions of this book. Plus since she allowed this travesty eventually if sales are down the magazine price will go down. How many designers do you think will be happy about this that advertise in Vogue??? Not many if the sales flop and thus advertising dollars will go down. Marketing genius? Only if they make money but so far from what I’ve been reading it will be loosing and Vogue has become the laughing stock of the fashion world. Next the Real Housewives of ____________, you feel in the blank.

    They better have a helluva May cover to make up this mess.

  • Scarlett

    Just goes to show how Vogue like other print mediums and magazines are losing money and becoming desperate to stay financially solvent? Vogue as been circling the drain for awhile. It’s become less about fashion and more about trying to be provocative and edgy to generate interest and sales. I mean Lena Dunham? Lena Dunham may be interesting but she’s 100% not a fashionista. And Kim K.? Really? Yeah, this issue will gain attention but will it sell? Being inflammatory doesn’t necessarily translate to sales.

  • Kitty

    @Mallory: You don’t know much about marketing, do you? It’s only good if it pays off! If people are outraged and don’t buy, if she loses subscriptions and the overall sales go down, in general, then it is a huge fiasco. This is what will happen as the fashion world itself is in an uproar over this. Nobody wants to touch these skanks with a 10 foot pole and for good reason. Anna Wintour just committed a huge mistake, one that Vogue will pay for.

  • jstntm

    Just read the Facebook comments on the Vogue site, which are more negative than even I expected. A photographer said it best, though, when he posted that Vogue is meant to showcase influential women and give girls something to aspire to, and nobody should aspire to be Kim Kardashian. Perfectly said!!

  • http://JustJared Jan

    Vogue – good trash diving, thought you had more class than this. Don’t you know your audience? The message I’m getting here is that if I show off my V—– on a home made porn video and make it public, I will become a star and appear on Vogue. Really? Don’t cater to her narcissism and exhibitionism needs. She is nobody and either is he.

  • jstntm

    Don’t forget to go to the Vogue site and let them know your comments about this outrageous decision by Anna Wintour to feature these two freak show clowns on Vogue’s cover.

  • @ Helene

    There are billions of people on this earth – find someone actually worthy of your time and admiration.

    Kim is not a model, and living a lavish lifestyle is not a job, and not something to admire. Frankly, Kim’s influence is a disease. Young women should not be encouraged to do pornography, butcher their bodies and faces, and marry a series of men, all to “live a lavish lifestyle.” Her only influence on fashion is a constant parade of “what not to wear.”

    Women are an amazing, talented bunch. Kim is only a disgrace to women, the lowest of the low. And Anna is pathetic for fawning over Kayne – another example of a waste of talent, an enormous ego, and someone who does nothing for anyone but himself.

  • essie

    wow Vogue has definitely lost its lustre….. it is now a fashion book for reality stars

  • Scarlett

    @@ Helene: I agree with everything you just posted. Kim K. is not a role model for young women…this is not the vacuous, empty and insubstantial persona that we want young women to emulate. Trust me on this.

  • essie

    all the cover needs is the tagline ‘Kim tries on wedding dresses, they’re just like us!’

  • Coy


    I agree with a comment earlier, people posting disgusting & bizarre messages of opinion, not fact, about celebrities is pathetic. It’s nothing new for people receive accolades they do not deserve. I’ve never thought to post a message against them. It never dawned on me. Probably because I haven’t been emotionally attached to celebrities since I was in high school, that and…perhaps I’m further along on the evolution scale. lol. Seems weird.

    Any way, I just wanted to point out. that more than likely, for every negative comment made on FB or where ever. There are two fans actually purchasing the magazine. You’re not reading about the people who are purchasing. People can cancel their subscriptions but guaranteed they’ll re-subscribe within 6 months. Memories are short and Old habits die hard. But really, carry own. It seems that this is fulfilling something in your souls. lol.

  • Red

    Kim is a whore and Anna is a sellout…from this point on Vogue is over!

  • scallywag

    Of course the more conspicuous question, especially over at ‘Conde Nasty’ is by succumbing to the mundane and downtrodden is whether the journal’s pedigree by intimation has taken a major tumbling down the aspirational blocks or whether the outlet felt compelled to relent in the hope of remaining tabloid relevant as the media world all round has to reinvent itself given our society’s vigilant absorption of the trite and banal?

    Never mind pimp momma Kris Jenner just said yes to the September cover…

  • Boo to Vogue

    Obviously Kanye paid for this cover.

  • Carla

    VOGUE has officially hit rock bottom

  • Lisa

    Congrats Kim! North is beautiful. All you haters are miserable and pathetic

  • Puke

    Even Miley Cyrus would have been a better choice, but was rejected. At least she has a personality and a better body for modeling clothes. Kim K. is a vapid, shallow idiot who thinks she’s alot thinner than she is.