Before even making their relationship official, everyone had an opinion on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. They are highly controversial figures in their own right: Kim, a reality star who gained public attention early on through rather questionable means, and Kanye, a talented rapper famous for his frequent outbursts and arrogance. Fast forward a few years to the couple's engagement, birth of their child, and a risqué music video to watch those public opinions grow to either extremes. Yes, they are trending icons of all things celebrity. We have seen their faces plastered on the magazines in grocery store aisles. But, Vogue is the Holy Grail of them all. Do they really deserve to be on this cover, too?
I am torn.
Immediately, I echoed the cries of thousands of other Vogue die-hards, unhappy at the validation of these two into such a prestigious realm. However, I am not ready to cancel my subscription just yet. In recent months I have been incredibly impressed with Kim's fashion choices and her progression into a street-style icon. Furthermore, Kanye has always been a major force in the fashion industry, even dabbling in design for both men and women. They are edgy and unsettling, two characteristics Anna Wintour has historically been drawn to in her twenty-six years with the magazine. In a recent interview defending her decision, Wintour eloquently addresses the haters: “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?)” (GulfNews).
I find it difficult to question any of Wintour's decisions, but this cover still does not sit well with me.
Congratulations to Kimye for finding yet another aspect of modern media to conquer.