Kim Kardashian is on the cover of the Fall Fashion issue of New York magazine. While a lot of people are understandably upset by this choice, I’m always more interested to see Kim on a magazine that will cover her a bit more honestly than an eager-to-please lady mag will. The cover story was interesting and well-written but it covers somewhat familiar territory: a look at the business savvy behind the family’s empire (which The Hollywood Reporter did better a year ago,) existential questions about the Kardashian’s place in our current cultural landscape (which was covered by T magazine two years ago,) a look at Kim’s unabashedly middle-brow fashion branding (again covered by the Times’ Style section in 2010,) even the edgy approach to photographing the pinup bombshell was done with much more fanfare by W magazine. However the piece is genuinely insightful in places.
I appreciate that the magazine tried to make Kim look a little different and not quite so perfectly coiffed and immediately identifiable. But on some level the ambivalence with which they treat Kim (see the cover line: Does Kim Kardashian Belong on the Cover of a Fashion Magazine) seems like a bit of a cop-out. New York magazine is obviously hoping for good sales with this issue but yet they seem a touch embarrassed to be slumming with the reality star. In other words, they want to have their cake and eat it too.
Image via New York magazine