Believe it or not, Vogue wasn’t the only fashion magazine considering the queen of reality TV, Kim Kardashian, to grace their cover. Women’s Wear Daily learned that both Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair were in talks for Kardashian kovers as well.
Harper’s Bazaar’s pitch for Kim included a beauty shot of Kardashian for the cover and a spread, shot by Terry Richardson. Kardashian declined for several reasons: WWD reported sources said the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Glenda Bailey, pushed for a close-up instead of a long-shot because the then-pregnant Kim looked “overweight,” she didn’t want to work with Richardson again, and Bailey doesn’t attend the photo shoots (unlike Grace Coddington who Nori’s mother admires).
In the end, Kim backed out and Bailey was forced to find another cover girl for her February 2014—model Daria Werbowy.
Bazaar executive editor, special project Laura Brown told WWD, “Kim and Kanye are the greatest example of conscious coupling. We wish them all the best.”
Vanity Fair, while refusing to comment on the speculation of its cover choices, was split over the decision to give her the cover. Reportedly, editor-in-chief Graydon Carter asked staffers to raise their hands if they were in favor, the results were mixed.
Anna Wintour won the battle of the covers with is sure to be her one of her best-selling covers, yet.