Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Vogue Cover

The cover of Vogue is supposed to be sacrosanct. In December 2006 The New York Tomes called it "the world's most influential fashion magazine." Since 1988, Anna Wintour has been the editor-in-chief of the magazine. In her very first issue in charge she put a woman on the cover wearing nothing but a pair of jeans and a Christian Lacroix jacket. It was the first time jeans had been on the cover and it shocked the world. With competition from around the world and circulation stagnant, Anna Wintour made the decision to put Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue. Apparently Kim was the porn star Anna wanted the most on the cover. The only reason they were put on the cover is because Anna wants people to buy Vogue like they buy In Touch or US Weekly. I can't think of any other reason. She is not trying to convince us that the couple is more fashionable than any other couple are they? Is it because Kanye's "friend" works for Givenchy and called in some favors? Is it because Anna decided that Kim wore that Met dress better than Mrs. Doubtfire?

Over the years Victoria Beckham has made it known that she would love to be put on the cover of Vogue. She models. Many consider her attractive and she actually has made a line of dresses and handbags and glasses that she designed herself that people and celebrities all over the world have worn. Anna Wintour doesn't like Victoria though. She likes David, but not Victoria. Apparently David has been offered the cover almost a dozen times and he always turns Anna down and will continue to do so until Victoria gets the cover. I'm no fan of Victoria but at least if she was on the cover she would belong. When you think of Vogue, you think of a magazine with a million pages of ads surrounding a few pages of text. That cover though is supposed to represent fashion. It is supposed to be the world's most influential fashion magazine. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian don't belong on the cover and never will belong on the cover and I hope that this issue not only doesn't sell, but that Anna Wintour is removed from her position.

This latest cover represents a downward slide or chase to the bottom of covers. Katy Perry has been on the cover. Lena Dunham was on the cover. I think what Lena Dunham has done over at Girls has been eye opening in the way that women on the screen are represented and looked at or thought of so you could make an argument for her on the cover. I think it is a losing argument, but you could make the argument. I'm not sure why Katy Perry would be on the cover except to sell magazines.

133 comments:

Violet said...

I'm embarrassed to say that I even looked at the video that accompanies this cover. She looks like a giant goose in that feathery dress. Cute baby mind. I would never buy Vogue anyway so it's a no care for me whoever's on the cover.

Lady Heisenberg said...

So Vogue is officially now the new Kneepads. Top of the morning to you all. Hear that girls? All you need to be on Vogue these days is a big ass and a sex tape!
At least there is
THIS to save the day in fashion news.

Cleodacat said...

How in the heck is this trash still relevant? I would love to know "who" their fans are.

it took forever said...

You go Kim coco, love the drama about it all.

REH said...

realy? cover of vouge??? she does not represent class...no one can argue that....she has a line of clothes at sears... enough said. bad move Anna....

REH said...

vogue...

it took forever said...

lot of people shitting on kim for her lifestyle choices yet do a little investigation and see how many of these haters whore themselves out for job positions and suck a dick for a better lifestyle . Own your shit KIM all the way to the bank

Molls said...

There are people out there in the world who actually watch the Kardashian show? I'm proud to say I've never seen it. The baby is cute, but I feel sad that she has to grow up in this family filled with media whores.

Cassandra Kelly said...

I'm with Sarah Michelle Gellar on this one haha. Seriously, I think Victoria Beckham should have been on the magazine before this trash. Victoria is actually talented and contributes to the fashion industry. I hope Victoria is finally offered the cover and turns it down.

Marty McFly said...

@Lady- did you just convert me??!!

N. Twinkie said...

Unfortunately, there are alot of followers who watch the Kardashian show, that's why it's still on the air. I wish people would stop, and also stop buying all of their tacky products. They are the most obnoxious, entitled family on the planet...just ask anyone who lives in Calabasas.

__-__=__ said...

Anna should be ashamed. I am ashamed for Anna. Kimmode looks like a beached whale. And thanks Enty for not subjecting us to this trash daily. The whole family is repulsive and beyond willfully ignorant.

TalksTooMuch said...

Kanye looks nice there, very much in love

Topper Madison said...

I know some people are bent out of shape over this, but to me Vogue has always been just another ad-filled fashion magazine like Cosmo, Glamor, or Elle, and their sole reason for being is to make women feel like crap. And actually, this cover doesn't make me feel like crap because I think I'm at least three up on the cover model--I don't have a huge ass, I haven't done porn, and I don't have an illegitimate baby. #winning! (By the way, where is the baby? Even Suri made the cover of Vanity Fair.)

Nancy said...

Victoria Beckham must have done something really awful to tick Anna Wintour off to still not have a cover before Kim. Especially since Victoria is involved with fashion!
I would love to know what it is that she did to Anna to make her so mad. Something has to be there.

Derek Harvey said...

What next, Honey Boo Boo for the September issue?

Lady Heisenberg said...

I also just want to emphasize how fucking hilarious it is that Anna seriously has had to try to justify this shit. If you have to have a public release statement defending their relevance and insisting there was no begging, ya fucked up. Oh and you may as well just confirm they begged you and busted out the Kneepads.

MISCH said...

This will hurt Anna badly

LottaColada said...

I think Michael K said it best.

RIP Vogue

Frufra said...

This makes me wonder how many times you can have a big old "fantasy fairy tale wedding" without becoming a parody of yourself. Seriously.

Paint Chips said...

Kim looks kind of masculine in this photo. They did her makeup different and it's not flattering.

Or she had plastic surgery.

Priscilla said...

Amen, Topper Madison, the first woman's magazine cover that made me feel better about my life. I nominate Paris Hilton next. Who else form the bowels of reality tv?? Farah Abraham! Let's give her a Vogue cover! She's equally as qualified as KimK. Lindsey Lohan!

Sunshine said...

Open window and shout, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

Nutty_Flavor said...

@Paint Chips, I agree. Kim was once a very pretty lady, somewhere in between the natural look and the too-many-surgeries fish-lips-on-a-Kabuki-mask look she has now. Her Playboy layout a few years ago was lovely, and frankly very sexy.

But the way Vogue has styled her on this 2014 cover is awful. She looks like a Bulgarian wrestler, or like Freda Kahlo without the flowered headdress. The eyes in particular are very poorly done.

Leekalicious said...

I used to buy Vogue every month, from the time I was a teenager, because I find high fashion fascinating. When they started putting celebs instead of models on the covers, I bought it less and less. I buy W, InStyle or Loulou now. They are celeb oriented too but they don't pretend not to be. Vogue is twice the price of People or US.

Re Kimye: At least Kanye is a fashion designer and I don't begrudge him, put putting Kim on the cover crosses a line re merit. I understand that she is a muse and a beauty. I find her to be an appalling role model for young women for so many reasons.

Tina Mallette said...

So

1. is Vogue is such financial straits they have resorted to this

2. has Anna Wintour jumped the shark or is someone else overruling her.

3. Or what blackmail does Kimye have on Wintour.

hothotheat said...

@topper "illegitimate" baby? Why insult the innocent child for the actions of its trashy mother?

I believe Anna can't be bullied but I'm sure money talks loud and clear.

Zayrina said...

She is just gross and he is worse than that.

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PugsterMom said...

As long as rags keep publishing articles about them, online rags keep getting clicks on articles about them, this douchey family will stay relevant. They will only go away when interest-positive or negative--wanes to zero. A la Paris Hilton. Hard to believe their show just got renewed for three more years! But remember that there is an entire segment of trashy young girls who think she's a hero. They buy her products and dress like a ho -- and emulate her. Sad but true.

~'~Jen~'~ said...

Is Vogue really any different from the rest of the mags? I cannot believe that people are getting all upset over this. It was fine when Katy Perry was on the cover? And guess what SJP...you got famous on a show talking about men who want to pee on you. Are you REALLY all that elite?

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Nutty_Flavor said...

@Tina Malette, I pick 'B'. Wonder if the pressure on Anna was coming from Si Newhouse, the elderly head of Condé Nast, or from some of Vogue's major advertisers. Those are the people Anna has to listen to.

Tina Mallette said...

Whatever is going on, I think this cover will hurt Vogue's reputation as the bible of fashion, when you start putting on celebs not models on the cover given that the modelling world has had to cede a lot of work to celebrities because that is the new reality for magazines but et tu Vogue? And it is funny because Anna Wintour and the gang try so hard to say they are still the last word in true fashion. So as the self proclaimed Wizard of the fashion world to stoop to this common practice is quite amusing actually.

Derek Harvey said...

and Enty please don't compare Lena Dunham to Kim K!!!!

The Real Dragon said...

Dead at people getting upset about this. I cant LMAO

it took forever said...

ILLEGITIMATE BABY, gtfoh, what the hell does the kid have to do with this, who is this bible holding rosary clutching person!

Anna Belle said...

For fashion industry I buy WWD. Vogue is commercial. And, now tabloid. This is a joke.

Tina Mallette said...

You are right Anna Belle. You want the real deal go to the magazine that is run by people really cover the industry, WWD. Just like why bother with Kneepads, read the Hollywood Reporter if you are really interested in the entertainment business and its machinations, LOL.

Tina Mallette said...

Does Vogue even offer a digital subscription option because how many trees die for one issue, LOL.

lazyday603 said...

That woman in jeans on the 1988 cover was Patti Hanson, aka Mrs. Keith Richards.

Putting KK on the cover a Vogue is like inviting Heidi Fleiss to a society dinner party. You have to draw a line somewhere & inviting known prostitutes is usually where that line is drawn.

happyfrancis said...

they're going to sell a ton of magazines, no matter what anyone says. Not that I'm happy about it. He probably paid for this cover, in the millions.

califblondy said...

Well, it's certainly got everyone talking about Vogue.

Sherry said...

Good one Derek..Yes Anna is pandering but this Vogue will sell. RIP Vogue indeed.

rajahcat said...

Vogue is now totally over

Alicia said...

This post was so poorly written I'd rather stare at Kim and Kanye than try and read it again. Ugh.. Makes me nostalgic for 2006 Enty - king of run on sentences .. But at least they were funny. This mess is a nightmare

Seven of Eleven said...

Kanye, still trying to make Kim happen. Attack of the sighs.

Alicia said...

Illegitimate baby? Are we in fucking 1965?

Alicia said...

Also, I am a fan of huge asses! God Topper , shame much?

MsWool said...

what's with her tits, are they really that lopsided? what a terrible pic of her, not very flattering. Maybe Anna W did that on purpose, have her look kinda crappy... read somewhere else.

On what planet is kanye a fashion designer? he makes t-shirts and ugly pants! lol!! *smh*

Lady Heisenberg said...

Yup ;)
My name is Lady Heisenberg and I'm here to recruit you!!!

sandybrook said...

Magazines are dying left and right Vogue is no fifteenth than the rest of the print industry. A person is put on a çover to sell magazines.

sandybrook said...

*different not fifteenth*

Harlow17 said...

Is this Anna's joke though to put Kim on the cover looking like a beached whale? And her face. I agree it looks masculine and different. I've had a subscription to vogue for years. They have really good articles but this is too much. I'm going to rip the cover off when it comes and cancel

Harlow17 said...

They do haha

Kloie said...

Hi PMK

Unknown said...

Vogues has officially jumped the shark. Anna's relevance and influence must be in decline if this cover is considered a good marketing tactic.

Anna said...

CDAN is turning into Lainey. Last week a photo caption criticized someone for wearing bangs(or fringe, as it's called in the UK); refers to People "Kneepads" unless that's common usage of which I'm unaware, and goes on and on about Victoria Beckham and Vogue.

auntliddy said...

First of all, stupid picture. Secondly, Vogue is not some sort of sacrosanct cultural icon. mag. Its a bloody magazine all about clothes. As I said, she can put Charles Mansion on the cover for all I give a shit. Seriously, has anyone EVER said, wait! Let me check cover of vogue to see if I should do/wear/say that??!! Please, its all bullshit. And once again, lousy picture.

HimynameisChloe said...

What year is this? Illegitimate child? It's not the kids fault and it doesn't make you above anybody.

HimynameisChloe said...

+1 shoulda kept scrolling

Tina Mallette said...

Just one question though even if this issue does sell well, if it doesn't that would be well funny. But will it be at the cost of some of the advertisers not being happy at the direction of Vogue vs other advertisers who are just happy if the circulation numbers warrant what they are paying for advertising at the end of the day, or are even the snobbiest of the fashion world not concerned if Vogue is perceived as cheapening itself.

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Renoblondee said...

Wow. Who cares? And I think that gown is beautiful.

Spiffypaws said...


Every time I see this photo I think
"Lipstick on a pig"

VeronicaCostello said...

Just realized it is the April cover. Maybe it's an elaborate April Fool's day joke?

I can dream.

BeautifulStranger said...

Someone should start a boycott for the April issue of Vogue. I hope people don't buy it and it is the worst selling one. Vogue has really lost it now-- a porn star and a dick on the cover. I can't stand Jay-Z and when he was on VF, I tore off the cover but him and Beyonce; I could see them on Vogue. I cancelled my subscription long ago. All of them are awful, I think Kim was even on Harper's Bazaar but Harper's isn't Vogue.

Alexa Rose said...

Even if this issue sells well (I personally doubt it will) Vogue will be hurt by all the cancelled subscriptions putting Kim on the cover caused. Take a look at Vogue's facebook, over 95% of the commentary was negative/angry, with people cancelling their subscriptions over this. They aren't going to get these readers back, people have long memories.

Bad move Anna, bad move.

urban chaos said...

Go home Anna, you're drunk! Going on in a statement about Kim's strength of character FFS?!?
Yes, bring a vapid, pissed upon no talent oh with an addiction to bad PS shows strength. Give me a flipping break!!!

caroline david said...

They look good and the dress is awesome ( and Anna Wintour lost her mind also)

Wen said...

So Vogue has stooped to the lowest by having the Village Idiot and the Village Whore on the cover.

RIP Vogue.

Naomi said...

Yet Miley Cyrus was cut from the cover after she twerked? Better than being peed on.

Armadillo Cake said...

What's very intriguing is that Death Eater felt compelled to publicly "confirm" that Kanye did not beg her to put Fatlips on the cover. In the same statement, she fawned over him, then pulled her head out of his arse to drop a whimsical last minute statement about her. Pourquoi Anna, pourquoi?

Jason Blue Eyes said...

Kim looks like a replicant from Blade Runner on this cover. Nothing but stupid stupidness.

audrey said...

Send your unwanted copies of this issue back to them. I hope that this is the worst selling issue of Vogue ever. Anna W may well be on her way out because of this--or so one can only hope. She had a good run but thinking you are so high and mighty and can't be replaced are big mistakes to make in this day and age of plummeting magazine sales and growing indifference to certain celebs.

Jazzy said...

Well now I know why Andre Leon Talley left and Valentino put her in the second row.

nurysp said...

if you think kim isnt influential than just admit its a personal distaste of the girl. she has no talent, we just like to look at whats shes wearing and shes not a ugly lady.
Her make up artist used Ben nye ITS WAS BACKORDERED FOR WEEKS
look on youtube her hair or makeup looks has to be one the most copied

the red octobers are the hottest sneakers out
put aside the personal irks of their personality
cant deny these two do set trends

nurysp said...

you need a magazine to tell you whats classy?

i dont even watch their bullshit show

Geez Louise said...

Cuva too shiny too wipe my ass on. Kanye on DL.

Shotinthedark said...

Maybe her tiff / feud with Naomi Campbell? Just a guess...

justducky said...

I agree that Kim & Kanye on the cover of Vogue is ridiculous. Vogue changed direction years ago. I feel a fashion magazine should at least have a fashion cover that will encourage people to buy it to see what is inside. The cover fails completely IMO. Look at what is promised inside: The rise of the social media super model? Mindy Kaling? Emily Blunt? The topics themselves are fine but really as draws of a "fashion bible" I don't think so.

Anna Wintour has been Artistic Director of Conde Nast for a year now. It is a role that was supposedly created to keep her from leaving. Her responsibilities have expanded from being Vogue Editor-in-Chief.

Plus those Kanye on Kim on car photos? Kim looks so uncomfortable as if she's being attacked. North is cute enough but I've noticed that most often in pics where Kim is holding her the baby is looking off camera. As babies do when they are being held by someone with whom they are I aquatinted. She also looks on the verge of tears. At least with Beyonce Blu Ivy looks engaged. North always looks as if the person she has bonded with is just off camera.

I love that this is the April issue appearing everywhere on April Fools Day. Plus Anna got her wedding gift out of the way.

8=====D aka Lil Tool. KermitGosnellKnobJockey said...

This is the first time I remember a Vogue frontpage in this site. The entry has a f word ton of comments. And you wonder why is that the frontpage? Even if the sellings are lousy, the publicity is worthy.

Jacq said...

If I ever needed pointers on how to whore myself for a check or suck a dick for a lifestyle change, Kim's the first trick I would ask.

But, you see, she doesn't own it. She takes it to the bank, alright, but she'd just as soon we all forgot she got pissed on to get where she is.

Tina Mallette said...

Now this would move issues of the magazine

http://www.vulture.com/2014/03/franco-and-rogen-made-their-own-vogue-cover.html

gotta love rogen and franco

rogco franro frangen

justducky said...

I meant to say as babies do when held by someone with whom they are not acquainted.

I am now off to figure out what an aqua tinted baby North would look like and if Blu Ivy would some how be involved.

Tina Mallette said...

Jazzy said...
Well now I know why Andre Leon Talley left and Valentino put her in the second row.

INDEED

Wen said...
So Vogue has stooped to the lowest by having the Village Idiot and the Village Whore on the cover.

RIP Vogue.

BRILLIANT

AsileM said...

All I wanna know is, whose dick did Kangay, I mean Kanye, have to suck to get Kim on the cover? I can't wait for this relationship to implode. Say what you want about the Kardashians, but all those women are fucking man eaters and parasites. They suck their victims dry of life and their cash. And when they are no longer viable or something better comes along, they get promptly disposed of and kicked to the curb. Down with the Kardashian propaganda!!!!

Geez Louise said...

Wunda what Kye's BF say?

Frosty said...

Vogue's been putting celebs on the cover for decades, so I don't find the cover bothersome - what I dislike is, it looks like a Vanity Fair-type cover. I'm rilly gonna hate it if Vogue become Vanity Fair with some fashion in it.

Krissie said...

Remember when Anna wouldn't put Renee Zellweger on the cover because she thought Renee was too fat?

Anna's standards have apparently gotten more lax.

"Vogue" bores me anyhow, it's all pretentious people talking about how much money so-and-so has, repeating this again and again and then sticking a million designer clothing/sunglasses/shoe ads in there.

anon said...

So Nuclear Wintour has finally jumped the shark - putting KKK, someone made famous getting peed on in a "leaked" sex tape on the cover. If I was Posh, I would be pissed - she certainly deserves to cover Vogue before this heffah. I've never watched their shitshow and never will - I'm shocked that it got renewed for 3 years! I would have thought this no talent coven's 15 minutes would be up by now.

Vogue - you are dead to me.

Studio54 said...

Kudos to Enty for telling it like it is. Nuclear Winter needs to go. Putting a sex tape ho that was urinated on on the cover of Vogue is a disgrace for the ages, the worst type of ass kissing and favor exchanging without a shred of artistic merit.

Geez Louise said...

Don't like it don't buy it. Simple

Bessie Smith said...

I actually think this was a marketing strategy that went awry. After looking at this cover, I envision that the original marketing plan was that this issue was to be like a musical greeting card, where you open the front cover, and you hear...."now, I ain't saying you a gold diggah...", but a mistake was made and the issues made it out to the stands without the singing device.

At any rate, never again could Anna be accused of being a snob. You know, Victoria might not want the cover after this. She says that she wants her business to branch out into many things: maybe she should start a magazine and put herself on the cover.

Ah well. Declasse. I'm wondering how many letters of complaint Anna will get. I'm wondering if mine will be among them.

Countess Eden said...

I'm with you, Krissie. Vogue bores me. I used to receive a free subscription due to my business and I rarely read it. I love the Sept issue the most.

I will buy this issue. Even though I have a love to hate relationship with the Ks. They do entertain me. I love the show. I don't want to be like any of them in any way, but Kim is a tabloid favorite and has more fans than any celebrity that I can think of. Paris didn't even have the influence Kim has.

The fact that so many people are ridiculously upset is really funny. Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeting about it, BFD? What's her influence on society? People want Kim's hair, her makeup, her clothes and it's not just teens and young 20's.

I like Kanye's early tracks. I think he tries too hard to be HARD and he's probably not.... and you can tell he loves Kim and North. Everyone is way too serious about this. It's a magazine cover! It's not like she's the First Lady all of a sudden! At least it's not Courtney Stodden on the cover of Vogue.

justducky said...

@ Countess Eden

I don't see love for each other when I see them together. In most pictures Kim looks unhappy, stressed and uncomfortable. To my eyes he looks in love with some image of Kim that only he can see not the person standing in front of them.

Now I read what I just wrote and think sounds like love to me. In memory of Gilda Radner never mind. Lol.

auntliddy said...

Dereck- that wld be AWESOME!!!

Lady Heisenberg said...

+1 the secret to job security may be to make yourself irreplaceable, but you can never act like you are...

Lady Heisenberg said...

Beat me to that one, Tina. I was wondering why she was getting mad shade lately!

auntliddy said...

Nurysp-influential? Interested in whats she is wearing? I beiieveve you may be confusing her second to boone ability to choise the uglibest mist u flattering out
Her ability to shock with her choice if outfitts , which arecugly abd unfkarrering.

Aeol said...

Nothing wrong with a good whore. Her fat ass on the cover of Vogue is a different story.

Aeol said...

One. One wedding; especially when the first OTT wedding made you look like a fool.

Humor Me said...

i will no longer subscribe to the magazine. i will no longer spend money on the magazine for a "special" issue. i will no longer sully my eyesight with the 'taste" this magazine offers as fashion advice.

My Talbots catalog is classier.

CocoaBeachBunny said...

Liddy, I LOVE your typos. Don't ever change.

Alita said...

You're absolutely right @Nutty, but I think the photoshopping is also hugely to blame - not on Kanye, but Kim's is hack-tastic.

Maybe they let Kim code her own finals consultant, and she just really misunderstood what they meant by "now pick someone for the touch ups."

Alita said...

* code = choose

Alita said...

Dunno - I'm still a bit appalled that the mother is being called 'trashy' for having a baby out of wedlock.

I don't really think anyone meant this too literally ... hope not anyhow.

Countess Eden said...

Lol @ justducky...love Gilda. Funny fact, I had Gilda Radnor paper dolls I played with at my grandparents house. Weirdest toy ever? I don't think they were mine, I just remember her head and I'd dress her up. They stayed at the gparents. I didn't know who she was when I was 5. But, my parents watched SNL and I watched it w Em. My parents are great, but they let me watch Cheers, Night Court, SNL, all kinds of content that was over my head. That was before the number of TVs outnumbered the # of people. We have four people in my house...7 TVs. SMH.

auntliddy said...

Coco, lolol, i fell asleep while typing that!!!!!!! And who can even tell? Lolololol. It is hilarious now that i read it.

Pink Cashmere said...

Sarah Michelle Gellar (?) said she is canceling her subscription, on Twitterr, and it's caused quite an uproar.

Gypsytrill said...

Vogue jumps the shark.

maggs said...

MISS PASIÓN

March 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I work in the book publishing industry in New York. It’s well known amongst the publishing world that Condé Nast’s problem child publication has been Vogue. Apparently, Anna went over the Editorial Board’s heads to put Kim & Kanye on the cover and this is because she has been at war with her editorial board for the past 2 years. They want the magaine to become less celebrity focused and more like classic Vogue and steps are being taken to remove Anna as editor of American Vogue through an editorial coup. Anna is purposefully trying to lessen the value of Vogue. If she can’t have it, she wants to leave them with a corpse, so to speak. The best thing to do is to cancel subscriptions and write to companies asking them to stop advertising in Vogue. The more you hurt Vogue’s pockets the quicker they will act to get rid of Anna before she completely ruins Vogue beyond repair.

nteresting comment I read on Celebitchy:

Studio54 said...

Just some of the men the two bit porn actress slept with in Hollywood: Evan Ross, Marquis Houston, Scott Storch, Fabolous, The Game, Nick Cannon, Nick Lachey, Tyson Beckford, William ‘Ray J’ Norwood, Reggie Bush, Christiano, Chengo, Miles Austin, Gabriel Aubry, Kris Humphries, Kanye West....

Sprink said...

AWOL, if the OTT wedding was the one to Kris Humphries, it was actually her second.

Sprink said...

I don't care who is on the cover, but I am interested in what is on the cover.

This is dreadful. Grace Coddington is WEEPING right now, WEEPING, I tell you.

Marina Francisco said...

The Spice Girls were on the January 1998 cover, so at least technically, Victoria Beckham *has* appeared on the cover.

She certainly has more fashion cred than most of the people who've been on the cover lately.

I did a bit of research, there have only been four men on the cover as far back as I could find information. None has ever appeared solo.

November 1992 - Richard Gere with (his then wife) Cindy Crawford

June 2000 - George Clooney with Gisele Bündchen

April 2008 - LeBron James with Gisele Bündchen

June 2012 - Ryan Lochte, Hope Solo, Serena Williams (all Olympians)

I would much rather have David Beckham on the cover of American Vogue than Kanye West and his baby mama, neither of whom is known for style or would be an inspiration to any Vogue reader.

Marina Francisco said...

Anna Wintour took over American Vogue in 1988. Looking back at cover models before then, they were overwhelmingly professional fashion models.

I don't have access to complete info, but looking at the Wikipedia page of American Vogue cover appearances, it appears that they occasionally used famous people ... but for the most part they were incredibly famous and usually style icons in their own right.

Examples: Audrey Hepburn (1964), Ali MacGraw (1970), Sophia Loren (1970), Catherine Deneuve (1971), Goldie Hawn (1971), Elizabeth Taylor (1971), Princess Grace (1971), Sophia Loren (1972), Raquel Welch (1972), Cher (1972, 1974, 1975), Farrah Fawcett (1977, 1978), Jaclyn Smith (1979).

Then from 1980 to 1988 all of the cover models were actually professional models.

Starting in 1989 right after Wintour took over, the celebrities were back, but it was 13 years before EVERY cover was a celebrity.

Celebrities in the Wintour era:

1989
Madonna

1990
Ivana Trump

1991
Kim Basinger
Michelle Pfeiffer

1992
Madonna
Richard Gere/Cindy Crawford

1993
Princess Diana
Winona Ryder
Sharon Stone

1994
Geena Davis
Julia Roberts

1995
Demi Moore
Julia Ormond

1996
Lisa Marie Presley
Gwyneth Paltrow
Madonna
Winona Ryder

1997
Uma Thurman
Cameron Diaz

1998
Spice Girls
Elizabeth Hurley
Sandra Bullock
Claire Danes
Renée Zellweger
Oprah Winfrey
Hillary Rodham Clinton

1999
Jewel
Nicole Kidman
Gwyneth Paltrow
Winona Rider

2000
George Clooney/Gisele Bündchen
Cate Blanchett
Charlize Theron
Nicole Kidman

2001
Marion Jones
Penélope Cruz
Renée Zellweger
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Britney Spears

Starting in 2002, and going forward, almost every cover has been a famous person, usually an actress.

Derek Harvey said...

Winona forever

Unknown said...

Vogue died with that cover and Anna Wintour killed her own magazine. There will be a huge backlash. All because she likes crazy Kanye?

Chris J said...

She took herself out if the game when she put this trash on the cover.

El Naro said...

@Countess Eden: Surely you jest. You state, "Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeting about it, BFD? What's her influence on society?" Why don't people like you get it? SMG portrayed Buffy, a tough girl who could fight evil. There aren't a lot of role models/heroines for girls like that in the world
- a world where they are constantly objectified. Kardashian participates in the objectification of girls and women on a daily basis. She jumpstarted her "career" with a porn tape - the ultimate objectification - and constantly disseminates photoshopped, illusory images that present girls with an idealized portrait of female "perfection" that is impossible to attain(and not even real if you've seen Kim in person) This contributes to low self-esteem and eating disorders in young girls as they attempt to conform to the impossible. Does that answer your question?

Aoife said...

I've never been a big fan of Posh but she has worked hard at being her own woman in a very tough field. She could've settled for being a WAG but she actually designs and understands fashion.

Anna Wintour may be the devil in Prada but she's always been a smart business woman. That's why this surprises me. After working so hard to make Vogue the fashion bible that all the others imitate why bring yourself down to the level of a gossip magazine?

I think the key may be Kanye's "friend" who works at Givenchy. Favors are the currency of the entertainment industry and I think there's something in that connection.

I bet PMK buys every copy she can so that sales don't look so bad. Bad sales would ruin her brand.

Studio54 said...

The porn actress doesn't have a "brand". She doesn't have a career either. Since she had her kid, she's received no offers to do anything. She wanted to do Playboy again, after she had all her baby weight surgically removed, and they haven't offered.

She and her family are so greedy that they plastered their name on anything that would give them money, therefore, they have no credibility with the consumer, especially, the has been porn actress. A fixed cover of Vogue won't help, it just shows how woefully out of place she is on the cover.

Marina Francisco said...

Studio54 said:

"A fixed cover of Vogue won't help, it just shows how woefully out of place she is on the cover."

That's a really good point. The low class people who think she and Kanye are role models - or at least have a status in society that they would aspire to, however misguided that is - those people don't buy Vogue. And the people who DO buy Vogue will never accept her as any sort of fashion style icon.

After all, every inch of her ass is for sale - pay her enough and she'll wear, eat, drink anything.

12-Inch Chewbacca said...

So this will be Wintour's legacy? An entire career flushed with one cover. For Kanye West?

That's just splendid.

Tina Mallette said...

No connection to Givenchy can possibly be worth destroying the Vogue brand, corection destroying what is left of an already tarnished Vogue brand,. They can't buy that much advertising and who can afford Givenchy anyway. I don't even know where it sells if it sell in Canada. I've seen stuff from just about all the major designers though I can't afford it but Givenchy, I am not sure if even touches the floors of Holt Renfrew except perfume or handbags.

With Kim wearing Kanye's BF stuff, like that atrocious dress at the Met Gala where she looked like a sausage in a floral patterned casing, she's already damaging the Givenchy brand.

Worstcompanytoworkfor said...

umm so what its just a magazine honestly not sure why people give a care.

TalksTooMuch said...

I don't get it either, worst, but people get RILED!

Jessie said...

Kim is so beautiful and could have made a great cover but that photo is BORING.

Eros said...

Quite the vitriolic diatribe there, Enty. I don't get why everyones got there panties in a twist. I could understand if they were lauding kim and kanye as the new ghandi. But they are some upstart celebrities being featured glad rag mag. Honestly, who gives a fuck. If that is there only worthwhile inspiration in their lives then I truly feel sorry for them.. what a sad and worthless existence imo

Eros said...

Totally agreed Topper. You're the cat's meow compared to KK.

TLP said...

I'm paraphrasing from something I read a few days ago so forgive my lack of detail. A publishing insider posted that Anna has been warring with the Vogue Editorial Board for a few years and did this to piss them off.

Marina Francisco said...

@TLP, I read something similar. IIRC, the article said that they're trying to ease her out so in retaliation she's trying to cheapen/destroy the brand. Not sure I believe that though ...