Last month, Kim Kardashian was revealed as the January 2015 cover star of ELLE UK’s feminism issue. Just like her Vogue US cover earlier this year, the Elle one seemed to stir a bit of controversy. Editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy’s letter from the editor was released on the magazine’s website yesterday, and Candy wrote about the criticism, saying, “I noted some people questioning our choice, querying Kim’s credentials as a successful woman and ours as a feminist magazine. I wish women would not judge other women in this critical way. Everyone is entitled to their opinion; but for me, Kim’s success should be applauded, not sneered at or, indeed, denigrated. She is the perfect face for an issue devoted to self-belief.”
She continues later in the letter to say, “It would be great to [recognize] the value of what each of us does individually rather than continually comparing ourselves – and then illogically deciding somehow we don’t measure up. I think ‘if she can do it, I can too’ is a better approach, and I hope that when we next carry out a survey on womanhood, we can rely on you to sow the seeds of a revolution in self-belief.”
What do you think? With a Balmain campaign now under her belt, should people stop complaining about Kim’s success or is it deserved? Comment below.
Image: Kim Kardashian for ELLE UK January 2015 by Jean Baptiste Mondino