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While everyone on the Internet is up in arms over the Vogue cover featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (or better yet, #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple), Anna Wintour explains in her editor’s letter why she decided to have the controversial couple on the magazine’s April issue.
“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,” writes the Vogue editor-in-chief, who has been editing the glossy since 1988. “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?)”
In the letter, Wintour goes on to explain that West never “begged” her to be put his fiancee on the cover of Vogue. “The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true,” she explained.
She added: “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.”
You win, Kimye, you win.
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