Grace Dent: Not good enough for the cover of ‘Vogue’? Kim Kardashian has a lot more to be proud of than the tedious fashionistas who condemn her

The knee-jerk dislike of Kim reveals a lot about the person disliking

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Reactions towards Kim Kardashian’s appearance on the cover of American Vogue – tastefully serene, prudently clothed, and ensconced in the arms of her fiancé Kanye West – have been wilfully vile. Kardashian may be fairytale beautiful. She may be one of the world’s most recognisable pop-culture faces. And she may be worth millions of dollars self-made from personal endorsements and her internationally syndicated television show. But she is not the right ilk of human being to be celebrated by “fashion”.

As a great adorer of Kim Kardashian, I’ve found the whole thing pathetically school-yard, but also wholly predictable from the sort of tedious elitist berks who clutter the world of fashion. I don’t mean the designers – gosh, they’re far too savvy to quack about who is verboten from their world. I mean those dismal everyday “ fashionistas” – that sniffy person in your office who buys the odd handbag or man-bag they can’t really afford, or doesn’t even buy one, just looks at it in a magazine, yet perceives this as some divinely ordained sign of her elevated place in the world order.

This is the end of Vogue!” snooty wazzocks wept on Twitter. Subscriptions were cancelled because of the unthinkable notion of a spray-tanned glamour-puss with massive knockers who wouldn’t even fit a sample size being allowed into their special club. Kim’s beauty is that of the footballer’s girlfriend – the prettiest woman in Cleethorpes, every attribute she’s got made the best of all at once. She’s got all the plates spinning, a roaring hourglass of womanhood. To hell with fashionable androgyny, with understated chic, sickly pallor, neutral make-up and silent stomping catwalk aloofness. No, Kim Kardashian likes glossy lips, big diamonds, spiky heels, daytime smokey eye and refusing to vanish from public life even when an ex-partner sold a graphic sex tape.

 

“She was in a sex-tape, don’t you know?” echoed a million idiots the moment Kim made the Vogue cover. As if we didn’t know. Kim Kardashian is a very cautionary tale about filming sex for any women hoping to make a lot of money. Because on one level it’s a case of “Woo, girl power, modern wimmin should be able to do what they want and it’s their choice and stop slut-shaming etc”. On the other, Kim Kardashian is reminded every breathing hour of her life that she was once filmed in 2003 having sex and was betrayed afterwards.

Forget her business empire, forget the unforgiving schedule, forget the decade of financial savviness which followed. The general school of erudite thought about Kim Kardashian is that she is a slut – nay, a stupid slut – who has no right for inclusion in establishments like the Vogue cover. In fact, she has no right to her lifestyle at all. Oddly, Rob Lowe and Colin Farrell were in sex tapes, but no one resents them for it.

Knee-jerk dislike of Kim Kardashian reveals a lot about the person disliking. Oh so clever that they can’t be seen to enjoy reality television and showbiz gossip. So very backwards-thinking that they can’t believe “gold-digger” Kim was just as wealthy if not wealthier than Kanye West when the pair met. So very quick to judge, despite being so permissive, on “whorish” behaviour. And in Vogue readers’ case, so very childish when – despite their dummy-waving – a fake-tanned, big-boobed reality star broke through.

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