Often called fashion’s Bible, Vogue legitimized Kardashian as a fashion icon.
Previously, she’d been widely scorned for dressing like an 8th Avenue hooker in too-tight clothes that barely contained her Double-D breasts and oversized butt.
In fact, her butt, breasts and entire body, for that matter, were recently elevated to “art” at least in the eyes of renowned photographer Jean-Paul Goude,. He photographed her naked for Paper magazine’s new issue.
Now, less than a week after the Paper photos went viral, Wintour, 65, seems to have a bad case of editor’s remorse.
In an impromptu interview Monday (Nov. 17) at a Metropolitan Museum of Art event, she suggested that the Kim and Kanye cover was “tasteless.”
“I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine,” she told writer Margot Peppers for London’s Daily Mail.
But if it’s any consolation, she also suggested that her very first Vogue cover featuring Madonna provoked much the same reaction as Kim’s cover.
“The first celebrity that I put on the cover of Vogue was Madonna, and that was considered completely controversial at the time, too,” Wintour said.
“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,” she said of the Material Girl.
Wintour is said to rule the fashion world with an iron opinion, and has been known to make or break models, designers and fashion brands with her coverage or lack thereof.
Likewise, landing on the cover of U.S. Vogue has long been considered fashion’s gold standard for models, celebrities and brands.
Needless to say, Kim’s appearance touched off a firestorm of criticism on the Internet and in Hollywood.
“Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???” Tweeted actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Hollywood scold Nikki Finke said the issue “should come with barf bag.”
Ascerbic supermodel Naomi Campbell seem to sum up fashion industry sentiment when asked about it during an Australian interview.
“I do not want to comment,” she said before bursting into laughter, which seemed like a pretty clear comment.
“Because I’m a fashion model and I’ve been working for 28 years. And when you get a Vogue cover, it’s a build in your career; it’s a stepping stone to achieve that,” she said. “I’m a fashion model, what more can I say?”
But Wintour seemed to suggest that Vogue was less an arbiter of taste and more a hostage of popular culture like any other magazine.
If Vogue didn’t reflect modern culture, she said, “nobody would talk about us. It’s very important that people do talk about us.”
Thanks for nothing, Anna.
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