Wintour on Kimye: We Don't Always Use 'Tasteful' People

Asked about their cover, says 'Vogue' would be 'boring' if it stuck to classy
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2014 9:12 AM CST
Wintour on Kimye: We Don't Always Use 'Tasteful' People
This cover image taken by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue shows the April 2014 issue of the high fashion magazine featuring rapper Kanye West and TV personality Kim Kardashian.   (AP Photo/Vogue, Annie Leibovitz)

"I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine!" That was Vogue editor Anna Wintour's response ... to a question about putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the magazine's cover. Or, as Fashionista puts it in its headline, "Anna Wintour Implies Kim and Kanye Are Not 'Tasteful.'" Of course, it could be argued she's "implying" the same thing about Madonna, since her answer started off: "I see the role of Vogue to reflect what’s going on in the culture. The first celebrity that I put on the cover of Vogue was Madonna, and that was considered completely controversial at the time, too."

If Vogue were to be too tasteful, Wintour continued during her talk at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art Monday night, "Nobody would talk about us. It's very important that people do talk about us. ... I hope another Kim Kardashian comes along this year!" (See how Kim's latest controversial magazine cover is contributing to divorce rumors.)

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