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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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  • Boo to Vogue

    North West looks like a a South East Baby Orangutan

  • Looselipz

    The worst message of all is the condoning of Kim Kardashian as a cover model. This chick doesn’t even resemble herself anymore from all the plastic surgeries she’s had. To hear anyone say she’s beautiful is frightening. It’s all fake, generated by a surgeon. I love the op-roar and backlash. Unfortunately it just gives these idiots more attention. Next they’ll be on the cover of parenting magazine. I mean really, this is the downfall of society…

  • Mylene – Montreal

    I’m proud. I’m proud to see that everybody have 98 % the same opinion. But they say : “People who comment on blog and website are frustrate” … SO EASY ! SO EASY ! LET US HAVE opinion …. it’s free and we are living the REAL life baby ! YOU WRONG … I’M NOT !

  • Mylene – Montreal

    A PICTURE shoe EVERYTHING !!!!!!

  • Mylene – Montreal

    look at North .. Anna have her revenge

  • Aranka Paul

    The fact that Kim and Kanye are on the cover is not disturbing. What is disturbing is that Anna Wintour for some reason think that these two define modern fashion image. They do not. Kim has repeatedly proved not to have an iota of fashion sense (I can list a whole bunch of outfits that could induce vomitting) and for that reason alone they should not have appeared on the cover of the fashion driven magazine like Vogue, Let’s face it, Vogue is more or less filled with advertisements but the models who model the advertised products stand for cutting edge in the fashion world. To the person who compared Kim to Kate Moss I am saying that even though Kate had coined the look “heroine chic” and is not lilly white (use of drugs etc), the woman does have fashion sense (and that’s what is the crux of the story – FASHION.). Kate Moss and other supermodels have that special ingredient that makes them stand out from other folks. It is a mix of sexappeal, right body shape, face expression and fluidity of motion (none of which Kim K has). Kim looks like a peasant woman from Armenia with huge but and huge boobs with cleverly applied makeup. Vogue or no Vogue, Anna or no Anna, Kim will remain stubby, short, wide hipped middle age woman. END OF STORY

  • Ashely


    I think they both look amazing and hot together! And how cute is north??? They really look like they are madly in love together.

    All the best!

  • Mallory

    @Kitty: do you know how was on the March issue of vogue? How about the February? Now the May issue, everyone knows who it is. They are both HUGE in the world of fashion. Google pictures of Kim OR Kanye with any famous designer, front row at a fashion show, or even look on Kim’s Instagram at all of the clothes designers sent her freaking newborn. And anyone who does have a subscription won’t cancel over one issue, let’s be real. And this wasn’t just Anna’s decision, but she’s been the editor in chief of Vogue magazine for more than 20 years, she’s got this.

  • Mallory

    @That’s Right: like I said to Kitty, do you know who was on the February or March issue of Vogue? And if you do, I guarantee you 95% of people on this thread do not. But everyone knows who’s on the April issue. Anna has been editor in chief of Vogue magazine for more than 20 years, if it was going to cause as much backlash as you think, she wouldn’t have done it. And trust me, designers love Kim and Kanye for this exact reason, whether you want to admit it or not, they are incredibly influential. Again, google these two with designers or at fashion shows, you’ll get a million results.

  • DD

    what is the big deal? anybody who still supports Vogue as a magazine is deluded. Vogue has become 90% ads and if you’re saving up for the $10,000 dresses well, good luck. I’m young and female and while I love fashion this magazine isn’t about fashion anymore. It’s about selling you crap. Just like they are trying to sell you Kanye and Kim. Don’t act so surprised – and if you are surprised, you are probably stupid in the head.

  • Catherine Anne

    I WILL NOT be purchasing this magazine with THAT on the cover. I love my monthly Vogue but no way do I want this one.

  • Alya

    someone bigger than Anna Forced her 2 put this trash on the cover
    you know how things work in the ”media mafia”.Kanye is a powerful member of it

  • annascumupence

    Finally Ann W relented to the Krap. Wintour must be plump out of ideas to to stoop this low. I’ll never buy another Vogue.. What’s next …… a charming Honey boo-boo in a thong cover.

  • Carla

    Wow —- this is the ugliest, cheesiest, low rent cover I’ve seen.
    Sad day for America and vogue. Yuck!

  • LOL

    words spoken after kim kardashian gets a facial from Kanye – “Imma always let you finish” SICK

  • Loves gossip

    I have lost all respect for Ms. Wintour. How sad that she has tarnished Vogue’s image.

  • Mel

    I love the cover and North is gorgeous in that video can’t wait to see pics of North in the magazine.

  • Anna

    NO – we cannot all agree.

    Anna Wintour -
    The 2 people you have on the April cover of your magazine does not define the culture nor do their presence shape and influence the world I LIVE IN ! Maybe the tabloid world and yours now, sadly. IMO, with one cover you have taken the luster off “the long tradition” of your magazine.
    It is now just another magazine with THAT family on it… that people look at the cover, maybe flip through but then put back on the shelf. Indifferent to THEM, but YOU…..YOUR WORD & OPINION holds little value now. Remember Ryan Seacrest??? Your editor’s note is cloying & desparate – are you trying to copy Graydon at Vanity Fair? But hey, no hard feelings, maybe now we call all be influence to have “our mouth impregnated”!
    I will if you will, darling………….

  • JustChill’n

    I will NEVER purchase a Vogue magazine again. They have totally lost my respect by putting these two losers on its covers. Disgusting.

  • Anna


    Are you telling us you have been influenced by that hideous style you call “fashion”????

    HER style (term used loosely) is commented on, Yes, but who is influenced by it???

    People AVOID it.

    When has she been lauded as a fashion icon or trendsetter??? Other than on the sites they pay to promote their trash.

    It’s hilarious she out prancing around in that long pink dress with those sandals that do not go well much less have any type of fashion style or sense.

    Have you seen the SEARS clothing???? FASHION????

    As for the musical influence : Let’s go get our ‘mouths impregnated.”

  • rio

    hehehe im laughinf because they all are a joke obviously

  • Anna


    I know who is on the cover of the Feb, March & April issues.
    You asked for MAY???? I doubt you even know that.
    Sitting at a couple of fashion shows over this past ONE year with a few, NOT with ANY fashion designer, does not make ANYONE, as you say, HUGE in the fashion world. If you were so in tune to all of this you would know there are so many others who attend & have attended shows for YEARS and their presence is appreciated by ALL the designers who value their opinion of their designs.
    INSTAGRAM – yes, look at it.again…..I bet you will find the K-star is the only one who is so desparate to let the world know of “designer” baby gifts. Believe me, she is not the only one who has receive these types of gifts – it’s just others or not as crass as she is & have class in their quiet acknowledgement of the gifts to the giver – NOT the WORLD! Oh excuse, maybe you can’t see this on her INSTAGRAM – I realize you have to wade through all though AMAZING photoshopped selfies of the K-star with her a$$ in your face!

  • Fashion Police

    @Kitty: actually i don’t think you know shit about marketing. Vogue is a very prestigous brand and they are taking a huge hit today. They let ther core readersip down and that damage is irreparable. ALL PUBLICITY IS NOT GOOD PUBLICITY

  • Diedre

    Give me a break. I wonder what Kris Jenner has on Anna Wintour. It must be some serious crap for this to have happened.

  • Fashion Police

    @Mallory: Stop Kris, you are getting pathetic

  • Fashion Police

    @Fashion Police: @mallory not @kitty sorry

  • Amy
  • Kelly

    Augly couple. Where has kayne been. These people are getting enough fame. They don’t need to be on the cover of a magazine.

  • http://@patinaandcompan Patina and Company

    @Mikayla: Sadly, this has been the trend with this publication in recent years. Ms Wintour knows all too well her power in LEADING, rather than following the “cultural” trends and promoting people and opinions, and she omitted to address that side of the picture.

    I miss when the magazine used actual models and let us enjoy the fashions without having them defined by celebrity culture, something that lots of thinking women can really do without.

  • http://@patinaandcompan Patina and Company

    @Scarlett: You really hit the nail on the head. Desperate times in the magazine business lead to dumbing down specialty magazines to look like every other celebrity I obsessed junk publication. So sad.

  • Leo

    When was the last time Naomi Campbell had an American Vogue cover? She might make a foreign one with the exception of British Vogue, but American and British Vogue hardly ever feature women of color on their magazines. Yes, I know of Beyonce, Rihanna, Mrs. Obama and a few other celebrities, but that’s it. People don’t care for these two and they’re going to show they don’t by canceling their subscriptions and I don’t blame them.

  • NYC

    RIP Vogue

  • candy

    How much did kanye pay them t be on the cover? So sad.there ugly. She looks like a monkey more n more.

  • kesha

    The African American Woman is God’s Chosen Queen to reign. Not kim kardashian or kate middelton. The Black Queen is still on the throne and kim is just the servant that’s how God created it to be. kim I sense you are trying to steal the throne, you can’t. The Black Queen will forever Reign. Kim take a seat on the floor and shine the Black Womans shoe -God lmbooooooooo The Lord rebukes you Jezebel witch and warlock. Your satanic assignment is to take down the black man and woman. The only real beautiful model is Naomi Campbell. Don’t be jealous! The Black Queen Wins Again and Forever!

  • Amy
  • madeline

    So sad that Anna Wintour had to go this low!!!! She must be scrambling!!!

  • vicki

    I agree with the majority of the comments. Vogue needs a new editor. These people on the cover do not represent the change or current change in our culture because they have none. I guess every one should be on the cover the n. Stop buying Vogue.

  • jo


  • Truthie

    Vogue is going out of business. Next is Miley Cyrus or Kendall Jenner. Sad. It is time to replace Anna Wintour.

  • Sammi

    The reason I liked Vogue wasn’t a trashy magazine. Sorry but I’m not buying Vogue anymore.


  • ER

    Fire that desperate tasteless Anna Wintour– about time– just cancelled my Vogue subscription..

  • Crys

    This is just sad. This WAS the fashion bible. It is now sitting next to star magazine with the other cheap gossip magazines. Anna sad to say but time to hand over the throne to someone who has some scruples.

  • Ayanna Costa

    I never really looked at vogue because they always shut out most of the actors of color especially women, but now after seeing that they would allow trash like Kanye and Kim I fell as though it was a big slap in the face to say that women of color were not desirable and now you have a cum bucket and her puppet on the cover…

  • Question

    I wonder how this will affect other legitimate stars/artist and their decision to do Vogue. I mean now it’s no longer can be regarded an honor to be on Vogue. Anyone can be on there now as far as I can see. Anna can’t snub someone because of their background, lack of talent and definitely not because of lack of fashion sense, because Kim has ZERO fashion sense, as well as Kanye. His fashion line is laughable at best.
    Anna should have really thought this through. Correct me if I am wrong but Vogue as far as I know has never had a rapper on their cover, hell barely any musician, unless it’s female. Then on top of that she put a reality TV, tabloid, do nothing, famewhore on her cover. What message do that send to true talent be it a model, artist, actress, actor, or musicians. The covenant level of Vogue has been compromised by this. No longer will Vogue be known for being the one magazine everyone may strive for but on very few can get on.
    Sad, sad, sad, and gloomy day in the fashion world and for fashionistas who regarded Anna as the guru of fashion & prestige.

  • hoggy

    Anna is completely delusional. Vogue down the drain soon hopefully, no one buys this issue , we can only hope the pigs don’t get fatter

  • Nicole

    What is with the placement of their hands?! Gives me the creeps. Vogues isn’t deigned to make things beautiful, not make it’s customers uncomfortable. Too bad – seeing a (financially) successful interracial couple could have made for beautiful press in this brave new world.

  • Nicole

    *Correction – Vogue is designed to make things beautiful

  • Nicole

    If Wintour wanted buzz, she got it. If she wanted sales and respect, I think time will show she blew it. While not a fan of K&K, I think the cover could have done a flattering photo of a beautiful interracial couple. What in the hell is up with the placement of his hands?! How did this get by editors?

  • Todd

    I wasn’t going to comment on this at all. I’ve decided the less print, good or bad, these two receive the better. Anna Wintour is another matter altogether. She has mistaken provocateur with bully and God only knows what STRENGTH of CHARACTER she finds in this publicity vampire and as far as guts go, people with GUTS don’t WHINE and exactly HOW much courage does it take to face a spotlight you have cajoled, hogged and pushed your way into??? A.W. RIP Vogue April Issue 2014

  • ike4nsync

    Anna Wintour will be able to mark this moment as the one where Vogue jumped the shark. Bravo.