Kim Kardashian Covers ‘Rolling Stone’ for the First Time, Talks Feminism, Interracial Couples and Caitlyn Jenner
Kim Kardashian already tried to break the Internet with that now-infamous Paper magazine cover, and now she's breaking the hearts of a specific subset of Rolling Stone readers by gracing the cover of their upcoming July issue.
While the full interview isn't out yet, the magazine posted a few snippets from Kim's profile on its site, where she talks about feminism, Caitlyn Jenner and being one half of an interracial couple.
She also talks about the first time she saw her stepfather dressed in women's clothing — a full 12 years before she came out to the world as Caitlyn. Kim reiterates the wisdom Kanye West doled out to her, saying: "[Kanye] obviously moves to his own drum. He lives his life the way he wants, a really authentic life, and he was like, 'If you can't be authentic and you can't live your life, what do you have?'"
Kim also does refer to herself as a feminist (progress!), but she wants you to know she refuses to force her values on other people. (Fair enough.) "I've never really been one on labels, and I don't like to push my view. If I feel something, it's how I feel. I never say, 'I feel this way, so you should feel that way.' Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I just am who I am. But, yeah. I think you would call me a feminist," she says.
The above quote is great, considering the sheer volume of young women who consider the Kardashians to be role models — for whatever reason. Kim remains firm in owning the feminist label, while insisting people maintain their freedom to refer to themselves however they like. What isn't so great is her weird fetishization of interracial couples, something that began at a young age. She incited an exaggerated eye-roll with this one: "When I was in high school, I'd get magazines and see interracial couples and think, 'They are so cute.' I've always been attracted to a certain kind of look."
While meant to be complimentary, the aloofness with which Kim refers to a pair of human beings who happen to be from different background as a "look" is, at best, mildly annoying and, at worst ,infuriating in its ignorance. It harkens back to the time she admitted she never really thought about racism until she had a mixed-race child. She may mean well, and at least she's publicly owning up to her ignorance, but...yikes.
Kim is a controversial cover choice: Rolling Stone, a magazine whose core audience feels only has credibility when a group of rockstars well past their prime lands the cover, features the reality star on its cover for the first time ever — probably because Kim has maintained social relevance over the years. The Kardashians are a bizarre cultural phenomenon, representative of our current society. We made them famous, after all! (Creed and Limp Bizkit both landed coveted RS covers during their heyday, too, lest we forget.) Rolling Stone is merely still trying to stay afloat in an industry that's folding in on itself, so maybe readers should cut them some slack. Though, if selling hard copies of a magazine is their intention, maybe they never heard about Kim and Kanye's Vogue cover sales.
You can check out Kim's full cover story when the issue hits newsstands on July 3.
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