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Stop hating on #kimye Vogue Cover .

On friday the twitterverse (and other social media sharing sites) exploded with #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple tweets/commentary about the recent release of Vogue’s April cover starring, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. For the better half of my afternoon at work, I spent it debating with pseudo internet trolls about why Kimye on the cover of Vogue is actually a great footnote for pop culture history. It’s a reflection of the American dream, diversity and pushing the envelope for what is accepted, and just downright trill. Between my various conversations with people I know IRL and others whom I never want to go to lunch with, the racy ‘Vogue’ cover stars sparked an entirely new epiphany for me and my feminist arguments. The haters basically don’t believe Kim Kardashian should not be on the cover of ‘Vogue’ because her route to fame was sexually-driven and started on TV. The general argument is that Kim is a reality star and she doesn’t deserve the cover because she hasn’t done anything substantial. However, starring as yourself can be the best role you can probably play, most people fuck up it. And unlike Kim’s, no one’s life is being documented on national television for seven years and counting. Her introduction to the media could have very well started with a sex tape by a D-list celebrity, but what does that say about society and why we all watched it and why it's still a topic of discussion to this day? It was leaked in 2007 and made in 2003.
To say the least, it was unconventional. And in Kim’s own reactions, she’s sick and tired of her sextape re-surfacing in the most negative ways possible. Perhaps, it could be a detriment to her image or the very thing that keeps her relevant. But what celebrity is perfect and why judge her of all people? We’ve all had our scandalous moments and they're too hard not to indulge. It’s baffling for the media and the general public to actually be still holding this against Kim Kardashian as a red flag. This is in fact slut-shaming at its best. Here’s why.

1. The beautiful and the damned: There hasn’t been a picture of Kim flipping off the very aggressive paparazzi or an interview clip of Kim tarnishing someone else’s name. I don’t know her personally, but I get the feeling she’s a nice person. Actually, several of my friends and associates have met/worked with Kim and there hasn’t been a negative exchange, besides the fact that she’s a diva. She’s beautiful, Armenian, and represents a part of women, we as women often second guess: our bodies. What is it about sexuality and nudity that makes a large percentage of people uncomfortable? As @mollymulshine tweeted to me, “people who watch porn have no qualms about talking about why they hate Kim” and the reasons she’s not a true “celebrity” solely hover in the fact that her beginnings are in a reality show and not film or music. Though, she’s still entertaining.
Regardless, Kim (and the rest of her sisters) probably would set a World Record for most outdoor/indoor photo shoots, so it’s pretty apparent that her beauty in this society is threatening. It’s almost like a snobby way of saying that the people in these shows we watch religiously are not real people, so the characters shouldn’t be treated as actors. When, in fact, Kim’s character is fascinating to watch. She’s been through a lot of relationships, marriages and shopping sprees without really being political or having to do much of anything except be herself.

2. Second of all, I had this distasteful exchange with some chick about Kim’s ethnicity and why she’s always dated black guys. The lady basically said that Kim is white and even if it’s true, must we subjugate ourselves to such a vague one dimensional word? Kim is the first reality tv star to grace the cover of 'Vogue' and Kanye is the first rapper to be on the cover of 'Vogue.' Together they are the first interracial couple to be on the cover of 'Vogue.' That's a lot of firsts. Furthermore, people who marry outside of their race have a much more enlightening mindset on race, understanding that it’s not solely black and white. Kim and Kanye are both narcissistic passionate people who are fueled by their image and maintaining a flawless outer appearance. If anything, they are the most race-conscious couple in the world. Have you heard Kanye’s rants?! On a bad day, they will make you feel good if you identify with being the underdog, love fashion and love a good motivational church-inspired chat.

3. International style icon: The fashion industry is widespread and governed by a few bodies of companies and many, many individuals who teach the world what is stylish, hip and of the moment. Let’s not praise ‘Vogue’ as being the end-all be-all to the table. It’s one cover out of hundreds. Plus their print subscriptions were probably suffering, so if anything it was a great marketing strategy to have the two most controversial people on the cover a very traditional magazine. What does one have to be or represent to get on the cover of Vogue when Lena Dunham, Rihanna, and countless of "super" models (who literally wear clothes and take photos) all have vastly different and alluring characteristics about them? What makes Kim so different from the rest? She’s arguably the most stylish person in the media ( Side note: Is Monica Rose still her stylist?), and designers of influence all love Kim on her worse days. We’ve seen her obsess over her wardrobe in KUWTK episodes; therefore she can definitely claim the title for all her diligence and hard work. What’s not to love about a tan monochromatic look?

4. On Anna Wintour: There has been a lot of criticism directed to the Editor In Chief for her unlikely choice of people to put on the cover of the 2014 April issue. A lot of people think Ms. Wintour was coerced/persuaded into putting #Kimye on the cover because Kanye has been on a international campaign, ahem I mean tour, spreading his truths about why his fiance should be on the cover and why she’s the modern day Marilyn Monroe. In all fairness, Ms. Wintour's actions could be correlated to Kanye’s blatant talks with the media about his strong beliefs, but it couldn’t have been a better business decision for Condenast. Annie Leibovitz captured the new family in a light that represents/resembles the changing structures of the new American family. This is diversity and dare I say it, refreshing. Anna has always been a champion for beautifying democracy and this is a direct reinforcement of why she’s so powerful. Get wit’ it.

5. Pushing Boundaries: It’s an old saying that well behaved women rarely make history. In addition, mainstream sexuality is becoming something powerful and prestigious to master in and out of the office that will transform how you live your life once your stop fighting it. It’s what Nietzsche tried to explain all along. Don’t disregard human sexuality that’s natural. Learn how to use it to your advantage. Perhaps, Kim Kardashian is a prime example of someone who’s used what she has to her advantage and never gave up on her truth, the Vogue cover. And perhaps, Kanye West is saying what he always believe in and never gave up on his truth, Kim Kardashian.

Terms and conditions: I’ve written about both Kanye and the Kardashians on different occasions, here and here. To say I’m obsessed is beside the point.

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