Kim Kardashian is back on the cover of Vogue for its May issue.
Unveiled on Wednesday, the 38-year-old reality star is photographed with water pouring over her head as she wears a sheer mesh top, underneath reads the tag line ‘Taking a stand’.
It’s been five years since Kim’s highly controversial wedding issue with the fashion bible where she graced the cover in her wedding gown while cozying up to her soon-to-be husband Kanye West in 2014.
‘The awakening of Kim’: Kim Kardashian is the May cover star for Vogue and is pictured drenched in water
This time round, the focus is on only Kim as she discusses motherhood, her marriage to Kanye and her plans to study law.
The Vogue feature titled ‘The awakening of Kim Kardashian West’ shows the reality star posing in a variety of glamorous dresses at home with her children, photographed by Mikael Jansson.
On the cover the E! personality sports dripping wet hair as she faces camera straight on with water dripping down her face.
Kim couldn’t hide her joy at landing her first solo Vogue cover.
On Wednesday she tweeted: ‘I’ve dreamed of this moment for so long, many said it would never come. Words cannot begin to express how much of an honor it is to have my first solo US cover of @VogueMagazine.
She followed up by sharing some inside shots from the shoot, writing: ‘I remember as a little girl flipping through my mom’s subscription each month and dreaming of one day gracing the cover of this iconic magazine. Thank you to the incredible Anna Wintour for your support as always, it means the world to me.’
The Vogue feature titled ‘The awakening of Kim Kardashian West’ shows the reality star posing in a variety of glamorous dresses at home with her children North, five, Saint, three, and Chicago, one
Striking: Kim poses in a series of looks by the likes of Chanel and Brandon Maxwell for the at-home shoot
Kim also credited husband Kanye for helping her believe that she would one day be on the cover.
‘Special thank you to my husband Kanye for speaking into existence that one day I would grace the cover of Vogue when everyone told me to be “more realistic.” #dreamsdocometrue #speakitintoexistence #voguemagazine’
In her interview Kim discusses her plans to study law, inspired by her time fighting for justice for Alice Marie Johnson who she managed to get released from jail thanks to her successful negotiations with President Trump.
Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole after she was convicted on federal drug and money laundering charges to which she had pleaded not guilty.
Dream realized: Kim took to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal her joy at landing her first solo Vogue cover in the US
Kim made it her mission to get Johnson freed from jail after she spent 22 years behind bars.
And last summer the mother-of-three decided to begin a four-year apprenticeship with a law firm in San Francisco and plans to take the bar in 2022.
‘I had to think long and hard about this,’ Kim said while explaining that she was inspired to learn more about law thanks to a combination of ‘seeing a really good result’ with Johnson and feeling out of her depth.
‘I had attorneys with me who could back that up with all the facts of the case. It’s never one person who gets things done; it’s always a collective of people, and I’ve always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society.
‘I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.’
Vogue beauty: The mother-of-three posed at her palatial home in Calabasas
Inspired: Kim talks about her plans to study law after successfully getting Alice Marie Johnson’s sentence commuted last year
Kim’s mom Kris Jenner was asked if she was surprised about Kim’s change in life direction, telling Vogue: ‘I did not see this one coming.
‘What didn’t surprise me was the way she embraced Miss Alice and how she was so hopeful for that outcome. When you find something that you’re that passionate about, it’s not difficult; you don’t have to think about it—it just happens.’
Kim also addresses husband Kanye’s mental health issues after his psychiatric emergency in 2016, a number of bizarre public appearances and contradicting statements on his mental health diagnoses.
The TV personality tells Vogue that Kanye has accepted his bipolar disorder diagnosis now.
‘I think we’re in a pretty good place with it now,’ she says, adding that Kanye has a newfound sense of purpose.
‘I think we’re in a pretty good place with it now,’ Kim also discusses Kanye’s bipolar diagnosis with Vogue
‘It is an emotional process, for sure. Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them.’
Kim revealed that the Fade hitmaker prefers not to take medication for the disorder and reflected on how difficult it is when people expect her to control what Kanye says or does in the media.
‘For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is. Traveling a lot does set it off, so he doesn’t travel as much as he used to. But honestly, I never want to speak for him, because I am not in his mind.
‘But I think some of the hurtful things that I read online . . . . What is she doing? She’s not stopping him. . . . Like it’s my fault if he does or says something that they don’t agree with? That’s my husband. I share every opinion that I have and let him know when I think something’s wrong. Or if it comes to him being in the middle of a bipolar episode, I’ll do everything to be supportive and help to calm the situation.’
‘For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is. Traveling a lot does set it off, so he doesn’t travel as much as he used to.’ Kim said about Kanye
Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was forced to defend her decision to put the reality star and rapper on the cover of her magazine in 2014 when its unveiling was met with huge backlash.
Photographed by Annie Leibovitz the cover shot saw Kanye nuzzling into Kim’s neck from behind as she posed in a strapless gown.
It’s been five years since Kim made waves by posing with husband Kanye on the cover of the fashion bible
Much of the criticism stemmed from the general opinion that Kim was merely ‘famous for being famous’.
Wintour penned an editor’s letter defending the decision, writing: ‘Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that,
‘I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?).
Wintour added: ‘There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven’t been able to master.’