Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour explains in a letter why Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were chosen to grace the cover of the iconic fashion magazine, a decision that spurred negative comments online.
The star of the E! reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" and her hip-hop singer fiance appear on the cover of Vogue's April 2014 issue, which was posted online before the magazine's release on March 31. It marked a first for Kardashian, who is both mocked and celebrated. She called it a "dream come true."
Wintour wrote the following in the issue's "Editor's Letter," obtained by OTRC.com on Friday, March 21:
"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?)"
"As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancee on Vogue's cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn't true."
"There's barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven't been able to master, and for good reason: Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world's spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that."
(Pictured above: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West appear on the cover of Vogue's April 2014 issue. / Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour appears at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2014 show at Kensington Gardens in London on Feb. 17, 2014. Credit: Vogue / Annie Leibovitz / Matt Crossick / ABACA / Startraksphoto.com)