Kim Kardashian has spoken out about her controversial appearance on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine in Turkey, revealing she was unaware her image would coincide with Genocide Remembrance Day.
The Armenian-American socialite caused a stir when her cover shot was revealed this month, the same month as the anniversary of the killings of thousands of Armenian people by Turkish rebels from 1915 to 1923. Chiefs at the Armenian National Committee of America branded it "disrespectful", and now Kardashian has addressed the furor.
In a post on her blog, she writes, "I just found out today that I am on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine in Turkey this month. Cosmopolitan Magazine has a number of international editions all around the world that run in various territories, and 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.
"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.
"Cosmo is known as a fun and inspiring magazine for women of all races, shapes, sizes, regardless of their political beliefs and I really hope that if I can bring awareness to the issue, then this in an accomplishment."
Armenians mark the remembrance day on April 24th.