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Kim Kardashian's Cosmo Cover Upsets Armenian Group

The reality star reportedly wasn't aware that her photo would end up on the cover of the magazine in Turkey, the nation behind the Armenian Genocide.

Cosmopolitan has sparked a controversy by featuring Kim Kardashian on the cover of its magazine in Turkey, which committed genocide against the Armenians in the early part of the 20th century.

The reality star -- who is Armenian-American and has spoken out about the genocide -- is upset over the use of her image, TMZ reported, citing sources.

Kardashian reportedly did an international photo shoot for use by various magazines published by Cosmo but wasn't aware that it would end up on the Turkish edition.

The Armenian Genocide is commemorated April 24, just a few weeks after the magazine's publication.

Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, told TMZ: "It's disrespectful to Kim Kardashian and to all Armenians for the publishers of Cosmopolitan to use her image, without her permission, on the month we mark Turkey's genocide against the Armenian people."

"Instead of trying to turn a profit in Turkey by callously featuring a cover photo of a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors in its April issue, Cosmopolitan should find creative ways to educate its readers about the Turkish government's shameful effort to cover up this atrocity."

For its part, Cosmo issued a statement to TMZ: "Kim Kardashian is one of our favorite cover girls. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph her for the Cosmopolitan editions worldwide."

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