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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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Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue; Photos: Wenn
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106 Responses to “Vogue's Anna Wintour Addresses Kim Kardashian/Kanye West Cover & All the Related Controversy”

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  1. 1
    Whatever!!! Says:

    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.

  2. 2
    wtf Says:

    rest in peace, vogue!

  3. 3
    Terese Says:

    Boycott Vogue!

  4. 4
    Q. Says:

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

  5. 5
    schita Says:

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

  6. 6

    Kanye made Anna suck his ****

  7. 7
    jstntm Says:

    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.

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    Mikayla Says:

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

  9. 9
    Amy Says:

    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.

  10. 10
    Helene Says:

    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.

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    NekoFirefoxy Says:

    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.

  12. 12
    Lili Says:

    Someone please replace this woman before she destroys Vogue completely.

  13. 13
    huh Says:

    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

  14. 14
    Cathy Says:

    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.

  15. 15
    Amy Says:


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

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    Helene Says:

    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.

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    Rose Says:

    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…

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    john travolta Says:


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    Just me Says:

    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.

  20. 20
    Just me Says:

    @NekoFirefoxy: Agree!

  21. 21
    Ava Says:

    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.

  22. 22
    Sheyenne Says:

    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!

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    Kitty Says:

    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.

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    maisy RL Says:

    …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.

  25. 25
    SorryNOTsorry Says:

    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 **** dripping in chanel and Botox.

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