Happy Kimye Kover day! The Twitter response to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's long-awaited Vogue cover has been swift and brutal, but we've got five reasons to love it. First, the haters:
I'd like to nominate honey boo boo for the cover of next year's age issue— bryanboy (@bryanboy) March 21, 2014
RIP #Vogue December 1892 - April 2014.— Kat McPhee (@kat_mcphee) March 21, 2014
Congrats Kanye, you finally found a way to get on the cover of Vogue ... http://t.co/tERvP9f34Z— Jem Aswad (@jemaswad) March 21, 2014
NOTHING MAKES SENSE ANYMORE. http://t.co/uJL9PBcgga— Amy Odell (@amyodell) March 21, 2014
Hell hath frozen over, darlings... Kim Kardashian is on the cover of Vogue: http://t.co/2UUzzbRIGC— Gossip Girl (@gossipgirl) March 21, 2014
If you think you're upset about Kim K's Vogue cover imagine how Paris Hilton feels! "That big butt girl used to arrange my closet"— bevysmith (@bevysmith) March 21, 2014
Kim & Kanye are on the cover of Vogue. Anna Wintour has clearly been confunded.— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) March 21, 2014
From a Ray J sextape to the cover of Vogue. Kim Kardashian must have God's direct line. I swear.— Chive Davis (@rmichaelthomas) March 21, 2014
Kim and Kanye land "Vogue" cover, nearly upstaged by unwieldy hashtag http://t.co/V2Xkj27yB4— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 21, 2014
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Kim Kardashian is OFFICIALLY an A-list celebrity thanks to THIS http://t.co/KPnBhh0imk— REDBOOK (@redbookmag) March 21, 2014
Kanye finally bullied Anna Wintour into giving Kim Kardashian a pity Vogue cover http://t.co/DzQaEaF0wV— deathandtaxes (@DeathAndTaxes) March 21, 2014
On the other hand ...
1. There’s an interracial couple on the cover of Vogue.
This shouldn’t be such a big deal, but the last time Vogue put a black man on the cover, it was in direct reference to King Kong.
2. It’s a triumph for popular culture.
Kardashian is the first woman that the masses willed onto the cover of Vogue simply by refusing to shut up about her. ("#themosttalkedaboutcoupleever," the cover relents). It makes us wonder: Whom will we put on the cover next? Lupita Nyong’o? Julie Delpy? Laverne Cox?
3. It will sell.
Vogue can’t keep producing the tasteful portraits of elegant white actresses the Kimye-haters love so much if they don’t move newsstand copies. We look forward to the week at the grocery-store checkout when Vogue Kardashian will look down benevolently upon Us Kardashian, InTouch Kardashian, and National Enquirer Kardashian.
4. Kanye’s in the background for once.
Enough of the Pygmalion narrative wherein Kanye has made Kardashian over in his monochromatic likeness. In a leaked portion of Anna Wintour's editor’s note (unconfirmed, but convincing) she denies that West begged her to put Kardashian on the cover. “Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight,” she writes, “and it takes real guts to do that.” Also: See how nice their heads look, nestled in those wedding-band-shaped letters?
5. It’s a new American dream.
Kardashian’s ascension from Ray J sex tape to the cover of Vogue shows perseverance in the face of slut-shaming and revenge porn that is inspirational. Especially to those of us with regrettable exes who have hard proof.