This May, Kim Kardashian went from (reportedly) being banned from the annual Met Gala by Anna Wintour to reigning as one of this year’s most talked-about attendees—though not for the right reason. The media contested the expectant mother for her floral, gloved gown courtesy of Riccardo Tisci, and Vogue.com even cropped the reality star out of a best-dressed photo featuring boyfriend Kanye West. In that instance, the Givenchy great rushed to her defense. “To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers,” he said. “I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career.”
Now, in an ironic turn of events, Vogue.com has published an article defending Kardashian for naming her newborn North West—Nori for short. NYU professor Dalton Conley (and apparent children’s expert as evidenced by his book Parentology), wrote the op-ed, championing for the distinct—and directional—name, adding that it’s on the more conservative end of the celebrity baby-naming spectrum. “So you’ll forgive me if I don’t think Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have saddled their daughter with a cross to bear for the rest of her life,” he wrote. Conley latter added that “there’s a long tradition of celebrities marking their status by giving atypical names to their children,” more perplexing than North, like Moon Unit Zappa (daughter of late musician Frank Zappa), and Apple Martin, offspring of Gwyneth Paltrow.
Conley also went on to defend North’s name by coining it an “interesting sociological phenomenon” in “the rise of unique black names,” which emerged during the Black Power Movement when “blacks wanted to assert their individuality and break ties from the dominant society.” Really.
For context, this argument comes from a man who named his own two children E (“no period, not an abbreviation for anything” he wrote) and Yo Xing Heyno Augustus Eisner Alexander Weiser Knuckles. Again… really.
Though we initially fell in love with the arrival of a Kaidence Georgia Donda West—Kai for short—we do have to support Conley’s argument on this one. North isn’t the worst name in the world and certainly doesn’t deserve to be the target of such animosity. It has an undeniable ring to it—even if it conjures up memories of the Delta-absorbed Northwest Airlines. Plus, who are we to argue with KimYe’s greatest work?