LOS ANGELES—Reality star and celebrity Kim Kardashian is upset over the use of her photo on the cover of the Turkish edition of Cosmopolitan magazine, reported the entertainment Web site TMZ on Monday.
According to the site, Kardashian is upset because she would never allow her picture to be published on the cover the Turkish Cosmo, especially so close to April 24 and the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Kardashian did an international photo shoot, the pictures from which were used by several editions of Cosmo, reported TMZ, adding that the magazine did not inform Kardashian or her representatives that the photos would appear in the Turkish edition.
No immediate comment from Cosmo.
“It’s disrespectful to Kim Kardashian and to all Armenians for the publishers of Cosmopolitan to use her image, without her permission, on the month we mark Turkey’s genocide against the Armenian people,” Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America, Aram Hamparian told TMZ.
“Instead of trying to turn a profit in Turkey by callously featuring a cover photo of a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors in its April issue, Cosmopolitan should find creative ways to educate its readers about the Turkish government’s shameful effort to cover up this atrocity,” continued Hamparian.
Lending his outrage to the Kardashian situation was LA-based lawyer Mark Geragos, saying “it’s another example of the Turks rubbing salt in the wound of the Armenian people,” reported TMZ.
Geragos, who according to TMZ is Kardashian’s friend, said that Turkey is on a campaign to “co-opt” LA icons. “The Turks used Kobe Bryant’s image to promote Turkish Airlines, and now Kim,” reported TMZ.