With Taylor Swift firmly in their rearview, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West now have a new celebrity to put in their place.
Swimwear model Kate Upton will undoubtedly be the target of America’s first celebrity couple when Yeezy sees Upton’s latest Snapchat post slyly accusing his wife Kim of having had a nose job—something she’s repeatedly denied.
This morning, Upton posted a selfie on Snapchat—the very service Kim used to ice Taylor—with the caption: “I look like a Kardashian, nose job and all.”
The cattiness of this is sensational, as Kim has always denied having a nose job, despite an apparent change in her facial profile over the years.
After the birth of her new son, Saint, she wrote on Instagram: “No I don’t do fillers or Botox when pregnant like some tabloids are reporting, you would have to be really sick to endanger your child like that! Anyone who has been pregnant or gained weight knows your face totally changes! My nose gets bigger, cheeks fuller & my lips swell up.”
The backstory of the bad blood between Upton, who is most famous for being filmed by accused rapist Terry Richardson doing the “cat daddy,” and Kardashian, a multimillionaire mogul, dates back to an extraordinary episode where Kanye bizarrely took offense after Vanity Fair featured swimwear model Upton in the guise of Marilyn Monroe on the cover of their November 2013 issue.
Most media observers thought the choice of Upton as Monroe was inspired: Clad in a satiny, champagne-colored one-piece, the model addressed the camera with a sultry red pout while holding a birthday cake with a single candle on it.
But Kanye was not just unhappy; he was personally offended.
In an off-the–wall, 42-minute rant on Power 105’s Breakfast Club radio show, Kanye professed to be outraged that Kate was chosen for the cover, not Kim.
“I have a love-hate relationship with the paparazzi, but actually I love them because they are empowering us. They are empowering us over Vanity Fair that want to say that Kate Upton is Marilyn Monroe. Kate Upton ain’t Marilyn Monroe, Kim is Marilyn Monroe,” he said. “She was controversial. She [is] controversial.”
Five months later, Kim and Kanye landed the front cover of Vogue with a mock wedding picture. The power couple replaced Upton on the cover, according to E! News. But the issue sold half the usual circulation and received backlash from subscribers.
Time, as the old saying goes, is supposed to be a great healer, but it appears that swimwear and bikini model Upton hasn’t done much healing.
Lovers of ridiculous celebrity feuds will be delighted.