Kanye West’s ego never fails. During a new two-hour long interview, some of his statements weren’t so shocking, given his past interviews, but other things were just jaw-dropping! One of Kanye’s earlier quotes in the interview really set the tone for the whole thing.
“Some of the answers I’m gonna give aren’t gonna make complete sense. If you’re a very literal, by the book person, you might find a flaw in the final finishing, as opposed to understanding the gist of what I’m saying.”
The interview with Kanye West was live-streamed from London on Tuesday, and shown via Fact and SHOWstudio. Host Lou Stoppard asked questions provided by “friends, celebrities and fans worldwide.” If fans were hoping to find out anything about that ever-elusive new music, Kanye wasn’t talking. Fashion was clearly what he wanted to talk about. Never shy, West was asked if he thinks he’ll be remembered as a fashion icon.
“Of course. I’m Michelangelo. Of course.”
West said he faces discrimination in fashion because he’s not gay! “It’s funny how the culture of different art forms is so different. I got discriminated against in fashion for not being gay where in music, you get discriminated against if you are gay.”
Being straight didn’t stop Kanye from supposedly bullying his way into New York Fashion Week. Kanye’s actions forced designer Anne Bowen to rearrange her one-year-in-the-making show because the Kanye West decided to throw a “surprise” show. Yet, he still rattled on about not being accepted in the industry.
“Working in fashion, I’m sitting here in the trees, trying to chop down wood, screaming at the top of my lungs, ‘Can somebody just throw me some water’ and everyone’s laughing at me. That’s the fashion world, the fashion critics. Me … trying my absolute hardest and everyone laughing at me.”
Perhaps the reluctance West is feeling from others comes from overwhelming expert opinion that he doesn’t have what it takes for fashion? No matter, he has the Vogue head honcho on his side, and she just happened to send in a question for Yeezy during his interview. “What will you name your son,” Anna Wintour asked Kanye. “And what are your hopes for him as he gets older?”
Kanye, 38, smiled and responded that he didn’t have a name for the boy yet but that he hoped his son would feel purpose. West’s wife, Kim Kardashian-West, is seven months pregnant with a boy, rumored to already be named “Easton,” the second child for the couple.
Wintour surprised the industry when she invited Kanye, and Kim in particular (notoriously left off the guest list in prior years), to the Met Gala in 2013. Kardashian, then pregnant with their now-2-year-old, North, wore a dress that people compared to a sofa slipcover.
Wintour took a huge and controversial step further when she showcased Kim and Kanye West inside and on the cover of Vogue‘s April, 2014, issue. She talked to Seth Myers about Kanye just after 2015 Met Gala. She told the late night host West likes to talk, and compared him to designer Karl Lagerfeld, who she said likes to “talk about anything.” She added that West was “brilliant” and remarked that since she likes to listen, they have a very close relationship.
Kanye admitted in the interview that Wintour has given him a shot through positive press. Apparently speaking of both himself and his wife, he says he’s appreciative of the positive media and claims it would have to be good press because most everything they do is good!
“The majority is actually positive, because most of the things that we do are positive. And even the negative cannot outshine the truth. The truth shall come to light.”
Like it or not, Wintour’s blessing seems to have escalated Kim Kardashian-West into some kind of a fashion icon, at least in the press. Hot on her heels is her baby sister, Kylie Jenner, who at just 18 has taken Kim’s hot spot on the internet, at least while Kim, 34, is pregnant. Kanye said he was happy that his wife was finally accepted in fashion circles. The real shocker regarding Kim came when West was asked, by his wife, what he’d want for his final meal. He said some of her “home cooked fried chicken.” Yes, sounds like she cooks!
Somehow, in the wee extra time they have between good deeds, West’s extended family films a variety of reality shows, primarily Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Wouldn’t you know it? Kanye doesn’t think they’re getting their due!
“[KUWTK] is so f**king new of an art form” that “my wife and my family should’ve had plenty of Emmys by now.” The rapper added, “Everybody I know watches it.” E! Online reports Kanye had some kind words for stepfather-in-law, Caitlyn Jenner. “I feel proud to be in a family that has, you know, so many people breaking ground for the generations to come,” West told Stoppard. “To let your life be controlled by public opinion would be like asking to sit in traffic for the rest of your life,” he said. “Meaning, you want to turn this way, but there’s a car right here that says this … That’s public opinion… And Bruce just got off [at] the exit sign and drove as fast as he wanted.”
West quickly corrected himself for calling Caitlyn by her former name. “Oh, I’m sorry. It’s disrespectful to use that name. I’m sorry,” Kanye said, “I’m still getting acquainted with what’s politically correct and not politically correct, because it’s new, it’s modern.” On an episode of I Am Cait when West joins his wife to visit Jenner, it’s Kanye West’s first time meeting Caitlyn. Jenner mentions he doesn’t know West very well.
West also praised the new age of “technology and acceptance” and compared our time to Roman times! “Look at the new pope … it’s a bunch of dope motherf**kers that are just pushing towards the future.” Hopefully, Kanye won’t be offended if the pope doesn’t respond in kind.
Jezebel shared some of the more interesting (and funny) Kanye West quotes from the interview. In their intro, they mentioned how West would always steer the conversation back to the fashion industry not accepting him. One of the better quotes about his music reminds you of Kanye’s humility.
“Here’s another thing, the majority of the things that are popular now—this is going to be a truthful, straightforward statement—are directly related to something that I’ve done in the past 10 years.”
Do you think Kanye West really believes his own hype?
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