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Kanye West, Kim Kardashian Vogue cover sparks spoofs, praise, derision

Vogue touted them as the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple, but the celebrity pair and Vogue can also add #mostbuzzworthymagazinecover to their CVs after the massive social media reaction to the cover shoot.

Social media lit up with spoofs, praise and derision when the cover photo was released. The shot features Kardashian flashing her 15 carat diamond engagement ring in a Lavin wedding gown, as husband-to-be West wraps his arms around her from behind in the shot by Annie Leibovitz.

Naomi Campbell laughed when she was asked for her opinion on The Morning Show, after diplomatically stating that she didn't want to comment.

Actor Sarah Michelle Gellar took to Twitter to vent her fury at the fashion magazine for choosing the reality star and the rapper to cover their April issue.

“Well, I guess I'm cancelling my Vogue subscription,” Gellar tweeted, “Who is with me???”

Supernatural star Jared Padalecki also tweeted his disgust at the latest Vogue cover.


“Not that I'm a Vogue reader, but, really?? Kim Kardashian? I thought it was supposed to be a magazine about class and style???”

With less vitriol, regular funny men Seth Rogan and James Franco poked fun at the cover shot by photoshopping their heads over West and Kardashian in a spoof Vogue cover.

Even Kardashian's sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner got in on the fun, tweeting a picture of the magazine cover with Kylie and Kendall's heads photoshopped over Kardashian and West's.

It's not just the cover that has had people talking however.

Celebrity news site E! Online has also poked fun at the "Kimye" profile written by Hamish Bowles for Vogue. E! Online compared the profile to a creative writing assignment, where the reporter “wrote everything out, then went back and used right-click Microsoft Word Thesaurus to make it sound fancy."

With lines praising Kardashian's body for “[helping] to establish a new contemporary body paradigm after an era of waifs”, and describing baby North as “an island of preternatural serenity in the roiling sea of frenetic activity that is la vie Kimye”, it is no surprise that the latest edition of Vogue has had such a mixed reception.

In her editor's letter, published in part by Vogue Australia, Anne Wintour stands by her decision to put the polarising couple on the cover of her magazine.

“Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it,” writes Wintour, who has edited the magazine since 1988.

“I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?)” writes the Vogue editor-in-chief. “There's barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven't been able to master.”

The celebrity couple have certainly made their mark: the pair has a combined Twitter following of more than 30 million people.

As for the rumours that West begged Vogue's editor-in-chief for the cover shoot, Wintour says they are absolute rubbish.

“You may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancee on Vogue's cover. He did nothing of the sort,” says Wintour in her letter, “the gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn't true.”

Whatever Wintour says about her decision to feature the Kardashian Wests, the couple's magazine cover has certainly elicited mixed reactions. We think The Cut writer Allison P Davis summed it up best via Twitter: “Listen, we all did our part to get both Kim Kardashian and a hashtag on the cover of Vogue. Embrace it. #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple.”