As we have all seen by now, Kim Kardashian was the latest celeb to grace the cover of the iconic Rolling Stone magazine.
But, as with just about everything Kimmy K does, it has come under huge scrutiny.
Not just because the cover is largely taken up by a shot of her prominent boobs (after all Rolling Stone has seen many of the world’s most influential people getting undressed for the prolific cover) but because she is on it at all.
As the magazine has profiled everyone from Pope Francis, to Barack Obama and Meryl Streep, fans of the publication seem truly offended that Kim has been allowed to share the honour.
— Casey Baird (@BairdedLady) July 1, 2015
Kim Kardashian is on the cover of @RollingStone magazine. I have no further comment to make on that
— Cormac (@cormac90210) July 2, 2015
There is a time and a place for Kim Kardashian. That place is not on the cover of Rolling Stone. #no
— Ivy Wysong (@ivymae2014) July 1, 2015
if I was Mumford&Sons, I would be pissed off to be mentioned on the same #RollingStone cover as Kim Kardashian.
— Sara (@swtharvestmoon) July 2, 2015
Other readers seemed baffled by the stylist's choice of costume for Kim:
Really excited to read the new Kim Kardashian Rolling Stone article because I, like many, have wondered about her sailing experiences.
— Peter Moran (@PeterGMoran) July 2, 2015
Can't believe Kanye let Kim wear that outfit on her Rolling Stone cover. Is 2010 Kim back?
— Erika Valdez (@erikavaldez10) July 1, 2015
Can't get over how tacky Kim Kardashians Rolling Stone cover is! I thought it was a TBT!
— Tilly-Jayne Kidman (@tillyjayne_) July 1, 2015
But why shouldn’t the world’s most famous woman be entitled to share her story with a magazine of this calibre – and to wear what she wants while doing so?
After all, she has proved she is a savvy businesswoman, a loving mother, and for better or worse, has managed to hold firm her place in the public eye for nearly a decade. The 34-year-old has even just given a talk organized by the prestigious Commonwealth Club of California, an accolade previously awarded to Franklin D Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.
Throughout the talk Kim referred to the fact that she has taken control of her image in the media and any objectifying that occurs is a result of the way she objectifies herself and is on her own terms. As Kim said in her Rolling Stone interview, “I believe that I am so much smarter than I’m portrayed.”