Now that reality stars have taken over TV, it was only a matter of time before they tackled publishing, too. Reality Weekly, a gossip magazine devoted to everything from teen moms to real housewives to Food Network hosts, made its newsstand debut this past week, reports WWD. That Kim Kardashian landed on the inaugural cover should be no surprise to anyone with a pulse; although she’s not the first famous-for-being-famous celebrity reality TV has made, she’s certainly the most high profile (in 2010 alone she and her clan raked in $65 million).
Among the other headline-garnering “stars” are Sandra Lee, Kendra Wilkinson, former The Bachelorette contestants, and Simon Cowell, who recently tweeted, “Got copy of new magazine Reality Weekly, very good idea!”
But don’t take this to be some sort of literary coup—after all, Reality Weekly is published by American Media Inc., the same company behind such high culture reads as Star, OK!, and the National Enquirer. At $1.79 an issue, it’s practically wearing its lowbrow heart on its sleeve. If the success of shows like Jersey Shore and Wife Swap (now back with a celebrity edition—so meta) are any indication, however, it shouldn’t even matter.