When I saw that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (known by their moniker KIMYE) will be
disgracing the cover of Vogue’s April issue, I was none too happy about it thinking it absolutely must be an early April Fool’s joke. After all, Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour has been notoriously icy to the reality “star” who made her “acting” debut in a home movie that is definitely not suitable for children (and probably most adults). It was even rumored that she once said Kim would only be featured on the cover of Vogue over her dead body, and considering she is very much still alive, you can understand my confusion over this latest development. Judging by the reaction of the twittersphere after the news broke, apparently I am not the only one sitting here scratching my head.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar led the charge tweeting, “Well……I guess I’m cancelling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???”
Which was rather tame in comparison to some others —
It’s no secret Kanye has been on a campaign to get his financée on the cover of the magazine telling Ryan Seacrest last year, “There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. … and collectively we’re the most influential with clothing.” However, Wintour denied that Kayne has been lobbying on Kim’s behalf writing in her letter to the editor, “You may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort,” she says. “The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”
In anticipation of the backlash, she further defends her editorial decision saying, “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.”
Sorry Anna, but if the comments section on the NY Post’s Page Six article, Readers blast Kimye Vogue cover is any indication, readers clearly disagree about the pair’s cultural significance and deride your decision to feature the couple.
It has been said time and again that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Kimye can take solace in the fact that the cover has already been spoofed by comedic duo Seth Rogan and James Franco. Not to be outdone, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have also created their Kermiggy cover.
Personally, I’m hoping Ashton Kutcher is waiting in the wings looking for the perfect opportunity to jump out and scream we’ve all been Punk’d!