Last week, Vogue unveiled its now-infamous (and controversial/polarizing) Kim Kardashian/Kanye West cover, and oh man did the Internet ever lose it.
Well, in response to the hashtag and the couple and the decision in general, Anna Wintour has finally spoken out, helping us to better understand the mindset behind the decision — sort of.
"Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue," she said in a statement. "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. 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?)"
"As for 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 fiancee on Vogue's cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip may make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn't true."
Does she have a point? Arguably, yes. It's not like Vogue is a magazine particularly renowned for playing it safe — and Anna Wintour also doesn't exactly seem like a pushover. Ultimately, we'll never know what went down in that pitch meeting. But we do know this: it's gotten people talking, proving Vogue is still relevent. Or at the very least: proving the public still has a lot to say about Kim Kardashian.