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The Kim Kardashian Vogue Cover is (Maybe) Happening


Ask and Ye shall receive. According to Jezebel, “a well-placed source” said Kanye West might finally get to see his girl Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue.

West has been begging Anna Wintour to put Kardashian on the cover for months. Wintour, being Wintour, didn’t seem to be interested in the idea. Eventually West escalated things from begging to pestering. Last week he even interrupted Wintour during lunch to protest the idea that Lena Dunham was more deserving of a Vogue shoot than Kardashian.

We didn’t think it could be done, but apparently West has finally wore Wintour down. There is one caveat though. The source merely said Vogue photographers were “in LA shooting her RIGHT NOW.” There’s no mention of Kardashian grabbing the cover.

Despite the lack of a cover specification, you would think at this point Wintour is just going to give it to Kardashian so Wintour can live her life in peace. Until North West gets a little older, that is.

Kanye West Confronted Anna Wintour About Lena Dunham Vogue Cover

We interrupt your day to bring you this EXCLUSIVE BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Kanye West is mad about something. This time, West’s anger is directed toward the great and powerful overlord of Condé Nast, Anna Wintour. Radar reports that West confronted Wintour during a recent lunch because he was upset that Wintour gave Lena Dunham the Vogue cover treatment instead of Kim Kardashian.

According to Radar’s sources, West told Wintour that Kardashian is “just as talented as Lena, if not more so;” and that “Kim has a much bigger fan base and appeal than Lena.” The source did not comment on if West was severely intoxicated or under the influence of powerful psychedelics while delivering these statements.

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Charles Townsend on Steering the Condé Nast Ship

CharlesTownsendThumbEmily Steel, who covers the marketing and media beats for the Financial Times, recently had the opportunity to sit down with 69-year-old Condé Nast chief executive officer Charles Townsend. The resulting feature is perfect MLK Monday holiday reading.

Townsend, a past commodore of the New York Yacht Club who named his own vessel Current Issue, sounds like he’s describing some very bad sailing weather when he talked to Steel about the past few years at the Condé Nast helm (he came on board in 2004). Challenges come “from every direction” and the horizon is “so different now.”

Townsend tells Steel that he loves it when creative director Anna Wintour previews upcoming issues with him. He also notes that the publishing company was a little late to the Internet party:

Townsend admits that it has taken a long time for Condé Nast to develop the right attitude towards the Web. “We did it the hard way,” he says. “We learnt with black eyes and bloody noses.”

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The Met Renames Costume Institute Space After Anna Wintour

The exhibit space at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is being renamed the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

The Met announced the change in part because Wintour brings in the dough. Since being named a Met trustee, Wintour has helped raise about $125 million for the Costume Institute.

The Met is currently renovating the Costume Center. It’s set to reopen May 8 with an exhibition from Charles James.

Don’t like the name Anna Wintour Costume Center? Too bad. Also, Wintour could probably have you fired from your job, so watch yourself, buddy.

Drunk with Power, Anna Wintour Axes Christmas Tree

Anna Wintour GAnna Wintour has had one hell of a year. In March, she was named creative director of Condé Nast. Shortly afterward, she began reshaping Condé magazines by cutting editors left and right. It seemed like no one was safe because no one was. Now, via an Instagram from Wintour’s daughter — Bree Shaffer — we know that Christmas decorations weren’t spared Wintour’s wrath either.

Shaffer posted a photo (below) of some bags and wrapped presents in a corner, with “My mom threw out our tree before Christmas Day because ‘it was too messy,’” as the caption.

Damn. That’s ice cold.

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Keija Minor, Editor-in-Chief of Brides, on Her Legacy

keija-minor2Keija Minor has gone through quite a few career reinventions in her life. She started out as a corporate lawyer, decided it wasn’t her passion, and then took a major pay cut to became an intern at a startup magazine, Travel Savvy. Boy, did it pay off. Minor went from intern to EIC in three years, then, after stints at Niche Media and Uptown magazine, on to Condé Nast, where she is currently editor-in-chief of Brides.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Minor talks about taking a leap of faith in her career, her advice for freelancers pitching to Brides and her unique position at the top:

You are the first African American to hold a top title at a Condé Nast publication. Is that something you think about?
I think the industry has been changing generally just over the years, as all of corporate America has been changing, to some degree, to reflect more women and more diversity. I think with the title at Condé, you know, it’s fun to be the first. It’s exciting to be the first in any sort of category, and it’s an honor. But I don’t wake up every day thinking, ‘Okay, you’re the first black woman to hold this title.’ I think about, ‘What are you going to do to move the magazine forward?’ At the end of the day, yes, I will have been the first, but I also want to be the woman who knocks it out of the park as an editor.

To hear more from Minor, including what she thinks of Anna Wintour, read: So What Do You Do Keija Minor, Brides Editor-in-Chief?

Jeff Bezos Named I Want Media’s ‘Media Person of The Year’

Jeff Bezos GJeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, has been named I Want Media’s Media Person of The Year. Bezos, who purchased The Washington Post in August for $250 million, beat out people like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, and Anna Wintour.

Bezos won not only because he bought WaPo, but because of what might happen to the newspaper industry now that he’s involved:

Bezos shook up the traditional media landscape in 2013 with the announcement of his plan to buy the Washington Post, a leading newspaper for decades and a powerful force in shaping U.S. policy. The acquisition promised not just an ownership change for the 135-year-old institution, but a potential transformation of the ‘disrupted’ newspaper industry.

What does Bezos win for this honor? Just some bragging rights. Hey, it’s better than nothing. Sort of.

‘Media Person of The Year’ Finalists Unveiled

It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what that means: Lots of “best of/worst of” lists and many, many awards. One honor that typically grabs the attention of the media centric is I Want Media’s annual Media Person of The Year contest, which celebrates “2013′s most memorable figure — for good or ill — in the media industry.”

I Want Media has just opened up voting, so get to it. The polls will close Sunday, December 8, and the winner will be announced the next day. After you’re done logging your thoughts for I Want Media, we suggest you start considering who should win FishbowlNY’s Best Award Award. Voting for that is always close.

Below are the finalists for Media Person of The Year.

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Anna Wintour Approved Lucky’s Horrible Kerry Washington Cover

Lucky’s latest cover, featuring the normally flawless Kerry Washington, is terrible. This cannot be debated. Just look at it. Somehow Lucky made Washington look awful, which is such an amazing feat that we’re thinking maybe the staffers deserve an award. However, Eva Chen, Lucky’s editor, wants us all to know that Anna Wintour thought the cover was fine.

“Anna as the artistic director was definitely aware of our cover selection and was very supportive,” Chen told WWD. “Anna always provides me with guidance. As editor-in-chief, it comes down to my decision — and Anna agreed.”

Of course Chen has to say that; she can’t throw Wintour under the bus. But we do have one question: How many, and what variety, of hallucinogens had Wintour consumed prior to approving this cover? We have some high school buddies who would pay top dollar for them.

Jillian Davison Named Glamour Fashion Director

Jillian Davison has been named fashion director of Glamour. Davison, who we imagine must be Anna Wintour approved, is succeeding Anne Christensen, who resigned last week.

Davison comes to Glamour from Vogue Australia, where she had served as creative director since 2012. Prior to that, Davison served as fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

“As a longtime admirer of Jill’s work, I’m thrilled to bring her energetic point of view to Glamour,” said Cindi Leive, editor of Glamour, in a statement. “She has a real vision for American fashion, and will steer our fashion coverage forward during an exciting time of dynamic growth for the brand.”

Davison’s appointment is effective in January.

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