There seems to be a trend with Kim Kardashian, magazine covers, and hashtags.
When she surprised the masses and seemingly fell in Anna Wintour’s good graces for the March 2014 issue of Vogue, the glossy dubbed her and now-husband Kanye West#worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple. Fast forward to November 12, and her viral, nude cover shoot with Paper Magazine. Y’know, the one with intent to #breaktheinternet.
Both sparked controversy. For Vogue, spectators praised her for breaking classism barriers à la West and proving her influence over style, while others deemed her unworthy of intruding upon the covetable holy grail. For Paper, fans applauded her fearlessness and ability to bounce back post-baby; the rest chalked it up as yet another absurd display of narcissism and crass behavior from a disreputable celeb. But what does Wintour have to say?
“I see the role of Vogue to reflect what’s going on in the culture. The first celebrity that I put on the cover of Vogue was Madonna, and that was considered completely controversial at the time, too,” she said during the first installment of The Atelier with Alina Cho. “It’s such a long time ago probably no one remembers, but she was a very controversial figure. Now she’s part of the establishment. I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine... I hope another Kim Kardashian comes along this year!”
Did she liken Kardashian to Madonna, imply that she was distasteful, and foresee a second coming of Kim K. in one breath? Oh, that Wintour is good. As for Kardashian, folks are still talking... and wondering why nude, why now? Especially after that W Magazine debacle.
“I looked at it as an art project for me,” Kardashian said during a televised interview in Australia this week. “This was going to make me feel confident and feel good and it taught me to do what you want to do... I felt really positive and really good about myself.”
Alright, alright, alright.