Anna Wintour was blasted for putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover of US Vogue but it appears as if her instincts were correct.
For despite outspoken critics, including actress Sarah Michelle Geller, who said they would cancel their Vogue subscriptions over the cover, the issue flew off newsstands and has already sold over 500,00 copies, according to TooFab http://www.toofab.com/2014/04/29/kim-kardashian-vogue-sales/ .
Comparatively, more than 350,000 copies of Beyonce’s edition were snapped up by readers while First Lady Michelle Obama’s cover sold nearly 300,000.
And with subscriptions, it is believed the total sales could come to over 1.2 million.
However, it should be noted that Kim did her best to up the final sales tally and earlier this month she hit up a Los Angeles newsstand to buy souvenir stacks of the magazine.
She described her first Vogue cover as ‘a dream come true,’ and Kim couldn’t hide her joy at her major fashion coup, tweeting last month:’This is such a dream come true!!! Thank you @VogueMagazine for this cover! O M GGGGGG!!! I can’t even breath!’ (sic).
The cover line introduces the piece as: ‘Kim & Kanye Their fashionable life and surreal times. #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple.’
It is apparently the first time a hashtag was used on the Vogue cover and refers to Kim’s huge social media presence – she has more than 20 million Twitter followers.
The successful sales, so far, come after weeks of critism from Vogue fans, including actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, who tweeted: ‘Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???’
Her boycott was retweeted more than 8,000 times and favorited by more than 11,000 people.
Vogue’s Facebook page was also inundated with hundreds of disaproving messages.
‘I’m done with Vogue. Subscription cancelled sick to death of Kanye and Kim used to be high fashion, your standards have been highly compromised!!!!!!’ wrote one commenter.
Meanwhile, the message ‘Anna Wintour…. it’s time to step down…’ received more than 100 likes.
Vogue’s website also coped similarly angry notes.
‘I have always purchased Vogue, ever since I was a teenager and I felt like I could always rely on Vogue to inspire me and educate on a number of levels,’ wrote one woman.
‘I don’t buy tabloids for a reason because I don’t look up to or find inspiration in people with no talent and even less morals. Wow, RIP Vogue. The last bastion of style has fallen today. I’ll miss you.’
Unable to suspend their disbelief, some fans suggested that the cover could be an April Fool’s joke, but the only ones laughing now – most probably with glee – is Kim.
Meanwhile, Beyonce is unlikely to be too upset, she just released Standing On The Sun, the song featured in her H&M campaign, on Monday.
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