Anna Wintour Gives Kanye West and Kim Kardashian the Best Backhanded Compliment Ever in Defense of Their Vogue Cover

Anna Wintour at the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Met Gala on May 5.
Anna Wintour dumped some harsh words on Kanye West and Kim Kardashian via a new interview conducted at Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday, Nov. 17. Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian‘s dreams came true with a Vogue magazine spread in April 2014 — just a month before the couple’s jetsetting wedding. In what seemed like the impossible, the fashion glossy got onboard, naming them #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple on its cover.

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Seven months later (and on the conveniently timed heels of Kardashian’s Internet-breaking nude spread with Paper magazine), editor Anna Wintour opened up about the controversial Kimye cover in a conversation series at the Metropolitan Museum of New York on Monday, Nov. 17, with former CNN journalist Alina Cho. 

“The first celebrity that I put on the cover of Vogue was Madonna, and that was considered completely controversial at that time, too,” she reflected at the event, according to

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“Now she’s part of the establishment. I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine! Nobody would talk about us.” Adding, even with the mag’s image, “It’s very important that people do talk about us.” 

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on April 2014 Vogue cover Annie Leibovitz, Vogue

The editor even offered her opinion on Kardashian’s younger half-sister Kendall Jenner‘s entrance into the fashion world, and her recent appointment as face of Estee Lauder cosmetics. 

“What a fantastic decision that was! They have a wonderful brand that’s very traditional American, and they decided they want to shake it up and reach a different audience,” Wintour said. “Now and again one has to do things like that. I think it’s partly of the excitement of being a journalist. I hope another Kim Kardashian comes along this year!”

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