Kanye: Kim Should Have Gotten Vogue Cover, Not Michelle Obama

West reignites the Kimye-First Family feud

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West during Paris Fashion Week in July 2012.

Life is really unfair for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian—or so says the rapper who thinks his fiancée should have been on the cover of Vogue in place of First Lady Michelle Obama.

“There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue,” West told Ryan Seacrest in an interview on Tuesday.
“She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday.”

He added that he and Kardashian are “the most influential” couple in fashion, especially compared to the first couple. “No one is looking at what Obama is wearing,” he said. “[And] Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day.” Said Instagram was a revealing photo of Kardashian in a swimsuit that wouldn’t be too appropriate for the first lady to shoot. (The first lady doesn’t post selfies on her Instagram, just pictures of her making the world a better place.)

Seems like just a crazy Kanye West comment, right? Actually, Kanye and Obama have beef. Let’s take a quick look back:

Before a CNBC interview, Obama called Kanye a “jackass” in an off-the-record comment about Kanye taking Taylor Swift’s award away from her at the VMA’s in 2009. TMZ acquired the audio and published it. Kanye replied in an on-stage rant against the president.

Then Obama said in an interview this year that celebrities have skewed the American dream, and pointed out Kimye as his prime example: “Were there things that all of us might have liked to have [when we were growing up]? Sure. But partly, I think, there also has been a shift in culture. We weren’t exposed to things we didn’t have in the same way kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”

In the Kimye-First Family feud, I think we know who’s going to win. Yeah, sure, the Lana Del Rey-serenaded engagement was cool. But, I mean, who can beat the Obama fist bump?


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