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Yikes… Will the Kimye Cover Vanquish Vogue?! (Answer: No.)

kimye coverSo that escalated quickly. One minute we were all gasping at Anna Wintour‘s decision to put Kanye West and Kim Kardashian on the cover of the April edition of Vogue. The next, we’ve got bilious backlash, musings about the downfall of Vogue magazine and Billy Bush asking whether this is going to mean the ouster of Wintour.

Upon closer reflection, while it’s not the ideal public response, the duo are living up to the #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple hashtag written at the bottom of the page. This situation, in many ways, is good for Vogue. And in some other ways, will mean nothing much in a few weeks.

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No April Fool’s: Kim and Kanye Are on the Cover of Vogue

We always imagined that, when looking back at the lives we’ve led on some day in the distant future, we would be able to pinpoint the moment when we finally lost it—”it” being our faith in humanity, ourselves and all the things we hold dear.

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This is not that moment. It’s just a rapper whose music we once liked and his soon-to-be-wife appearing on the cover of the world’s most important fashion magazine.

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The New York Knicks Have Some Front-Row Seats for Your Famous Clients

Madison Square Garden isn’t just Spike Lee‘s house anymore. It also belongs to Anna Wintour.

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(Pic via MTV/Getty Images)

And Beyoncé (with Jay-Z and Chloe Sevigny):

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Even Kanye Can’t Pitch to Vogue

We know how tough it can be to score press placements for your clients—especially when they have their hearts set on a feature in nose-in-the-air publications like Vogue.

Like every good PR pro, Kanye West knows that his client…err, his newborn daughter, North, should only get the very best publicity. He won’t have any of that “sure you can take ‘intimate’ pictures of me and my infant for $20 million” nonsense.

But even the reigning champion of completely unearned media mentions can’t seem to get Anna Wintour to put his kid on the cover of her magazine, despite the fact that his latest album drew more influence from Versace’s 2014 collection than Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt.

RadarOnline writes that Wintour is somehow “nonpulsed” about the prospect of featuring a little West on her cover even after Kanye “compiled the latest … statistics” demonstrating that reality stars still sell magazines. Two things we learned from that last sentence: Kanye knows how to create a spreadsheet with scissors and glue and RadarOnline’s editorial staff doesn’t trust the auto-correct feature.

Thanks to FishbowlNY for making us feel a little smarter today.

Anna Wintour Is Condé Nast’s First ‘Artistic Director’

Over the past few months we’ve published a couple of posts indicating that publishing giant Condé Nast is adopting a new approach to PR and communications. Today we bring you more evidence of that fact via our sister site FishbowlNY: after parting ways with publicist Maurie Perl and shaking up its internal communications team, Condé Nast just named longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour as its new “artistic director”–a role created just for her. Company CEO Charles Townsend explains:

The establishment of an artistic director is a reflection of our commitment to preserve and champion all that exists ‘Only at Condé Nast.’ In today’s business environment, it is critical to promote and foster our established creative authority. This is the ideal time to leverage Anna’s extraordinary vision and leadership to amplify and elevate the profile of Condé Nast U.S. both domestically and abroad. Anna is an icon in the worlds of fashion, business and the arts, she has the foresight and wisdom to influence the major trends of our society and is respected globally as an accomplished businesswoman.

So she’s going to use her famous name and face to promote the brand and its products via the power of association? Sounds a lot like a celebrity spokesperson to us. Apologies to Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Will.I.Am., Alicia Keys, etc.: this whole “big-name creative director” trend may be much simpler than we thought.

Revolving Door: SJP, Anna Wintour for Obama, Margaret Brennan to CBS, Narrative.ly

Margaret Brennan, previously an anchor at Bloomberg TV, is joining CBS News as a State Department correspondent and general assignment reporter. Brennan was with Bloomberg for three years. She spoke with us for a Media Beat interview last summer, which you can check out here.

Vogue‘s Anna Wintour is pushing hard for President Obama via email. “There’s simply no excuse to let this slip,” reads the note, which The New York Observer characterizes as having “her trademark dose of mild menace.” The email is part of a campaign fundraising effort that includes a dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker. The ad for that fundraiser debuted during the MTV Movie Awards last night. Attached above. *Update 6/5: Glenn Beck rants, gets the facts wrong, mocks Wintour’s accent.

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Anna Wintour Says She’ll Wear Zebra Sweats, Eat Shrimp with Colbert

Anna Wintour was in the hot seat last night on The Colbert Report to further promote the Met’s latest Costume Institute exhibit, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.” While she was there, she said she and Vogue “thrilled” about President Obama’s same-sex marriage support and turned on the charm and cracked quite a few funnies. Go Anna!

She and Colbert have agreed to a date at a Long John Silver’s for batter-fried shrimp. The closest one to Manhattan is in Melville, NY, about 30 miles from the city. We have the paps ready to snap that pic.

Fashion and Mayhem: The Met Has a Press Event for this Year’s Costume Institute Exhibit

The red carpets are rolling out and things are getting fashion-y because today is the big Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum. We had the chance to check out the press event this morning for the Institute’s exhibition “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” and it was packed end to end with cameras, curators, and women in pretty necklaces.

“The steps of the Met, which is where guests walk the paparazzi gauntlet, provide one of the most dramatic and demanding red carpet entrances of any event,” writes The Washington Post. Indeed, the day after the “Met Ball,” reviewing what everyone wore has become an annual happening, like the day-after Oscar discussions. This is what model Coco Rocha will be wearing and we’ll review it in advance: Ghastly.

Amazon, a big sponsor of this year’s exhibition, will be broadcasting the red carpet live tonight online. More about that here.

This morning’s event wasn’t about the gala, but rather the exhibit itself.

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Webby Awards Deadline, New Categories Introduced

Daniel Radcliffe and award winner Anna Wintour at last year's Webbys.

The deadline for submitting your entry to the 16th annual Webby Awards is next Friday, December 16. The Webbys recognize the best in websites, mobile and apps, interactive advertising and media, and Web video.

This year, The Webbys have introduced a number of new categories including CSR and best editorial writing in the websites category, and best utilities and services (like apps and mobile sites) for handheld devices.

The Webbys will be handed out in the Spring with nominees announced in April. Judging is conducted by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

This year, Vogue editor Anna Wintour made quite the splash when she accepted her award.

Revolving Door: ‘LA Times’ Cuts, New Outlets, and Journos on Google+

Wintour, Stoudemire, and 'Vogue' editor Hamish Bowles during spring Fashion Week 2010. Photo: Getty Images

Bad news to report from the West Coast: Layoffs are happening at the Los Angeles Times (and one of the paper’s editors offers an example of what not to say during times like these).

On a more positive note, Hearst is launching Cosmo for Guys, or CFG for the BMOCs, a tablet pub on August 1. That should be… interesting. And Anna Wintour fave (she has a thing for the male athletes, no?) Amar’e Stoudemire has launched a fashion and sports site.

Finally, Muck Rack has a list of 140 or so reporters who are on Google+, with links. Any others?

More media changes after the jump.

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