Kim Kardashian might be old hat at dealing with controversy, but her latest Vogue cover is causing quite the storm.
The 37-year-old has seven Vogue covers under her belt, but her latest work for Vogue India has upset fans. Many took to Twitter to vent their frustrations that a South-Asian talent wasn't used instead of the reality star.
Vogue India has come under fire previously for their model choice, most notably last year when they featured Kardashian's half-sister Kendall Jenner on the cover. “In the last 10 years, Vogue India has had only 12 international covers, including Kendall Jenner in 2017,” the magazine said in a statement released at the time. “Therefore, statistically, 90 percent of our covers are Indian! And we are proud of that. India has given the world so many beautiful faces to admire. After all, we are Vogue, an international brand, and we want to give the love back by featuring some of the best international celebrities on our covers. Occasionally!” As well as Kendall and Kim, several other prominent Western A-listers have graced the cover, including Cameron Diaz, Victoria Beckham, Blake Lively and Cindy Crawford.
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Who better to help us plunge into the hottest season than Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on our #March 2018 cover. Photographed by: Greg Swales (@gregswalesart). Stylist: Anaita Shroff Adajania (@anaitashroffadajania). Hair: Chris Appleton/The Wall Group (@chrisappleton1). Makeup: Mario Dedivanovic/Blended Strategy (@makeupbymario). Manicurist: Tom Bachik (@tombachik). Production: Christopher Sollinger (@sodachris). Floral Artist: Spencer Falls (@theunlikelyflorist) Airline partner: Singapore Air (@singaporeair)
According to Page Six, Kardashian isn't all that popular with the Asian community after she labeled Indian food "disgusting" in a 2012 episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Clearly shocked by the backlash she received then, Kardashian released a statement assuring fans that she was not trying to be derogatory in any way. “In NO way was it intended as an insult to the Indian people or their culture,” wrote the star. “This is just my personal taste. There are lots of food I don’t like … I hate cilantro and peppers, and there are definitely some Armenian foods that I personally find disgusting, but that doesn’t reflect my opinions on other Armenian people or my culture. My comment wasn't intended to offend anybody. We all have our own opinions and tastes and I was simply expressing mine."
Kim hasn't spoken out about this latest controversy and is currently busy enjoying a trip to Tokyo with sisters Kourtney and Khloe, ahead of the arrival of Khloe's baby in a few short weeks. The trio have been snapped popping in and out of the city's niche boutiques as well as visiting landmarks—all while looking impeccably stylish.