Kim Kardashian, who covers this month’s Turkish edition of Cosmopolitan magazine, may be an unwitting pawn in an effort to minimize a somber day of remembrance for millions of Armenians.
Kardashian, 30, who has never shied away from her Armenian heritage, is reportedly upset that she appearing in the magazine the same month as Genocide Remembrance Day.
The occasion marks the years during and following World War I, when the Turks murdered millions of Armenians in a genocide that mirrors in many ways the Nazi Holocaust in World War II.
As many as 1.5 million Armenians died through executions or forced death marches. At the time, Turkey was still known as the Ottoman Empire.
The cover is inflammatory because modern-day Turkey continues to try to minimize the genocide and quash any mention of it in the national media.
The cover photo of the popular magazine, with U.S. origins, shows Kardashian smiling and could be viewed as undermining the somberness of the remembrance.
Kim is among those angered by the display.
“I just found out today that I am on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine in Turkey this month,” she wrote on her blog.
“When I did this shoot for the international covers I had no idea that Turkey was planning to run my story on their cover THIS month, considering Genocide Remembrance Day is this month,” she added.
Cosmopolitan failed to tell Kim’s reps that her photo would appear in the Turkish publication, according to gossip site TMZ.
Kim would have never allowed it,” a source told the site.
Ironically, the same photo was used to launch the Armenian edition of Cosmopolitan in March, she noted on her blog.