Grace Coddington Takes Credit for Kim Kardashian & Kanye West’s Infamous Vogue Cover

Posted Tuesday April 29, 2014 8:55 AM GMT

At 73 years old, she’s seen and heard more fashion industry craziness than most in her field and Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington says she’s the one who pushed for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to appear on her publication’s cover earlier this year.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Coddington explained she usually prefers to work with professional models rather than big name celebrities.

“The clothes look better, because they are made for them. And you can ask them to do things you might not ask a celebrity to do,” she noted.

However, Grace insists she was the one who made the Kimye cover happen, not colleague Anna Wintour. “There was a wedding story to be done, and Anna probably had them in mind, because she had been seeing a lot of Kanye, so she said, ‘Maybe we should shoot it on lookalikes.’ And I thought, ‘Why not just do it on the real thing? This is Vogue.’ And I do think Kim Kardashian represents this moment in our culture. I’m fascinated by her, in the same way I’m fascinated by the people I see on the street or the subway.”

Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue

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