Wednesday, March 26, 2014

American Idols

Vogue, Annie Leibovitz

Unless you've been living under a rock, you'd know that for the past few days the internet has been ablaze with disbelief and discontent over Kim and Kanye's April 2014 cover of Vogue. The American Public (i.e. social media) has made its disapproval of our sacred fashion bible's choice of cover subjects clear. While I somewhat understand the controversy, I'm not surprised nor offended by the cover, and I think Kimye are undeserving of most of the ridicule they receive. Whether or not you think they are tacky and tasteless, there is no denying their command over American pop culture and their sheer ability to generate conversation and command attention.

Sure, the Kardashians may come off as self-centered, materialistic, and fame hungry without traditionally recognized talents such as singing or acting. However, if their rapid ascent to fame is any indication, they do have a certain charm about them that makes them intriguing. Also, as we ourselves become increasingly social media obsessive, #selfie taking, oversharing American citizens, I think it's only natural that our celebrities become hyper-accelerated versions of that. Kimye are simply public manifestations of our own behavior. We've created this media monster and it seems that they're here to stay.

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