Why the devil did she do it? Notorious Vogue editrix Anna Wintour responded to the furor over her choice of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for the magazine’s April cover in a characteristically icy Editor’s Letter, insisting it was she — and not a pushy West — who made the final decision.
“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,” she wrote, “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,” Wintour continued, “that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?)”
The insisted that despite the backlash surrounding 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 fiancée on Vogue‘s cover. He did nothing of the sort.”
But he did make a public campaign out of the issue. In October 2013, West told Ryan Seacrest, “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.”
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