While Kim Kardashian’s Paper magazine shoot made the news, the celebrity was also featured on another controversial cover a while back. Kardashian and her then-fiancé Kanye West appeared on the April cover of Vogue magazine. And while the photos were actually quite tame, the inclusion of West and Kardashian in the prestigious magazine was not deemed tasteful by some readers. Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, recently gave a talk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During the talk, she candidly discussed the reasons why she chose West and Kardashian for the cover.
“I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine,” Wintour, who has been Vogue’s EIC since 1988, explained. “Nobody would talk about us. It's very important that people do talk about us.” And to her credit, people did talk about them. Some even claimed that West begged for the couple to be included on the cover, however, Wintour denied these claims. “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,” she said in an interview with US Weekly back in March.
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While Wintour may have implied that West and Kardashian are not “deeply tasteful”, she also delivered another subtle backhanded compliment during her talk. “I hope another Kim Kardashian comes along this year!”
Wintour also compared the controversy behind the West-Kardashian shoot to the time when she chose Madonna to appear on the cover of the magazine. She said, “The first celebrity that I put on the cover of Vogue was Madonna, and that was considered completely controversial at the time too. 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.”