Kim Kardashian, of Armenian heritage, is shocked that Turkish Cosmo would put her on the cover the same day as Genocide Remembrance Day, which marks the systematic extermination of the Armenian population by Turkey during and following World War I.
UK DAILY MAIL –Today Kim said she had no idea that the image would be used as the cover shot. ‘I just found out today that I am on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine in Turkey this month,’ she wrote.
‘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 honour for me to be on the first ever Armenian Cosmopolitan cover.’
Sources told website TMZ that Cosmopolitan neglected to tell Kim’s representation that the Turkish publication would be using the picture, and that there was no way Kim would have ever allowed it. To make matters worse, the edition coincides with April 24, the date in which Armenians commemorate the genocide.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE:
The Ottoman Empire was once a powerful force throughout the world that was governed from Turkey. Turkey was made up mainly of Muslims but the population of Armenia, which also formed part of the Ottoman Empire, were Christians.
The empire’s rulers based in Turkey classed the minority Armenians as second class citizens. A series of massacres of the Armenians at the turn of the century were meant to dampen their spirit but their protests continued.
Further violence came when the Young Turks seized power of Turkey in 1909 and later joined forces with Germany and Austria-Hungary to fight in World War I. They wanted a nationalist Turkish state and began advancing eastward to take control of Armenia whose territory was split between Russia and the Ottomans.
Under the cover of the war, from 1915 the Turkish rulers are said to have ordered Armenians from their homes under the disguise of a resettlement program. Up to one and a half million were driven into the Syrian desert and murdered in the first genocide in history.