Kim Kardashian finds herself at the center of a controversy after a photo of the reality star from a shoot she did for Cosmopolitan wound up on the cover of the April Turkish edition of the magazine, US Magazine reports.
Armenian-Americans, including outspoken attorney Mark Geragos, say the cover is a slap in the face to Armenians–especially with the community commemorating the 96th anniversary of the Armenian genocide later this month.
Geragos told TMZ.com the cover takes advantage of a celebrity and at the same time rubs salt in the wounds of a people who have been the victims of genocide at the hands of the Turks. “Anyone who has synapses firing would never do such a thing,” Geragos told TMZ.
For her part, Kardashian said she would not have given the OK had she known her photo would grace the Turkish edition. She has been vocal about the genocide.
Kardashian wrote on her blog: “When I did this shoot for the international covers I had no idea that Turkey was planning to turn my story on their cover THIS month, considering Genocide Remembrance Day is this month.
"My Armenian heritage means a lot to me and I’ve been brought up to be incredibly proud of my family’s background and culture. So as an Armenian-American woman it is a huge honor for me to be on the first ever Armenian Cosmopolitan cover."
Here’s the cover of the Turkish edition, on the left, along with the cover of the Armenian edition.