I have to chime in on the April 2014 issue of Vogue. As you probably already know, two days ago it was revealed that Kim Kardashian
Thomas Humphries and Kanye West are on the cover. Sigh. I just don’t get it anymore. At this point what does it mean to be “In Vogue”? I always thought that Vogue is supposed to be the most revered fashion magazine and cover you can land, and reserved for the most chic, successful, brilliant, and stylish people (mostly women) that are culturally relevant and represent the highest standard of their profession.
I don’t feel this is necessarily a critique against Kim Kardashian
Thomas Humphries, as she laughs all the way to the bank everyday, but more against Vogue and what everyone thought it supposedly stood for. Even if Kim Kardashian Thomas Humphries West (KK THW)* has access to the fashion high life society just like every other woman who has landed the cover, even if KK THW is business savvy and makes millions and millions each year, even if KK THW is good looking, there is still (or was) a bar of standards set and reserved for the coveted Vogue cover. To emphasize my point here, please consider and compare a few people who are NOT on the cover this month:
- Jessica Simpson – Never has been on the cover of Vogue. Founder of the Jessica Simpson collection, a company that was the first ever celebrity clothing line to top a BILLION dollars in sales. As a singer she has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Also had a reality TV show once upon a time, and a high profile marriage and divorce. Never posed nude for Playboy or graced their cover, never has released a sex tape and no confirmed plans on releasing one in the near future, or ever. #InVogue
- Beyonce and Jay-Z, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, William and Kate – some of these people have been on the cover before, but seriously #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouples #InVogue
- Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen – Never been on the cover, former actresses and now full time fashionistas and designers, estimated net worth of over $300 million. Attend and have access to all high fashion society events. Could probably make an additional $300 million in revenue if they were to sign up to do a reality TV show, but never have and I am assuming this is by choice. #InVogue
- Rachel Zoe – Never been on the cover, a true ‘American dream’ stylist that worked her way to the top and still works her ass off today, has been in the fashion industry for over three decades, has been married once and to the same person for almost 20 years, a mother of two children, author of two books, and founder of several clothing and beauty lines. Has a reality TV Show. #InVogue
- Anyone who has been on the cover before, see list here – #InVogue
Again, I really don’t want this to come across like I am a ‘hater’ of KK
THW. I am a firm believer that in life you have to play the hand that was dealt to you the best you can. KK THW plays her cards just like any other ‘intelligent’ person would who wants to leverage themselves and make a living the best they can. With that being said, and it seems like the majority of the internet-verse agrees, I cannot connect the dots here on how KK THW is ‘Vogueworthy’.
If this post sabotages my chance at ever landing the cover of American Vogue, at least there’s Photoshop for now to indulge my fantasies. I’m sure at one point KK
THW thought she’d never land the cover either.
*Writer’s note: In practice, always find a way to abbreviate something. It can establish credibility on a subject that you otherwise may have zero validity in discussing. I’ve learned that nearly Everything Can Be Abbreviated (ECBA).