Kim Kardashian‘s recent Sports Illustrated cover isn’t getting the approval of fans for various reasons.
Many believe that Kardashian simply isn’t a good fit for the magazine and the reasons vary. While some don’t mind that she isn’t an athlete since the cover was for Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit edition, they think there were better options that the magazine could have picked. (Say Zendaya or Lupita Nyong’o.)
However, there are plenty of fans who dislike Kardashian’s cover solely because of what she is supposed to represent.
Read on to learn the true reason why fans are upset about Sports Illustrated‘s choice.
Why fans dislike Kim Kardashian’s Sports Illustrated cover
Yahoo! reports that people dislike Kim Kardashian’s Sports Illustrated cover because, unlike editor-in-chief MJ Day, they don’t believe she is the best symbol of persistence due to her growing up with a silver spoon, which, in turn, meant that she never truly had to struggle like some of her peers in the same industry. Nevertheless, Day stands by her decision to have Kardashian as the face to grace the cover.
To shed light on her choice, Day stated:
"There’s so many points in [Kim Kardashian’s] life where she could have just crawled under a rock and let the world pass her by and just live a comfortable life. But she continues to evolve herself and push on and prove everybody wrong who doesn’t want to allow her that permission to be more and do more, and inevitably, she’s doing more for all of us by doing that in ways. I applaud that with every ounce of my fiber."
Continuing in her support for Kim Kardashian, Day believed that the 41-year-old celebrity is “no stranger to the world’s judgment” and goes on to praise her living “proudly, authentically and unapologetically” through it all. Despite Day’s words, some still couldn’t get behind the choice.
In addition to not viewing her as a symbol of persistence, fans also don’t view her as a great representation of body positivity–the narrative Sports Illustrated has been pushing for decades.
“Incredibly disappointed,” one expressed. “In all that [Sports Illustrated] has done the past couple of years for women, empowerment, and body positivity I am disappointed to see Kim K on the cover especially after her recent controversy over the Marilyn dress and how she boasted about starving herself and dieting to try to fit the dress.”
Another held the same sentiments, stating, “Not celebrating her [Kardashian]. Her family has been a horrible influence on women and young girls for years.”
Kim Kardashian hasn’t voiced how she feels about her recent scrutiny, but it’s clear she’s choosing not to be bothered by any of it. Instead, she’s relishing in her Sports Illustrated dream come true, just like MJ Day knew she would.
“She [Kardashian] just continues to do it, even in light of any type of negativity,” Day tells. “I just really stand for that, like, I really applaud that.”