Kanye West wanted to make sure his crew at the Madison Square Garden kept their mouths quiet about his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show late last week. Kanye made the crew sign a confidentiality agreement, promising not to breathe a word of what happened during Kanye’s controversial show or the set up before it started.
What will it cost if someone leaks information about Kanye West or his family? According to the contract, Kanye will sue for no less than $10 million. The confidentiality agreement covers his whole family and specifically states that they can’t talk about the Kardashians, Wests, or the Jenners, as well as their involvement with his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show. As for how long the hush order remains in place, according to TMZ, the crew must remain quiet for at least 50 years or for the rest of Kanye’s life plus an additional 10 years, whichever is longer.
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It turns out that working for Kanye West might be a pretty big drag. The New York Daily News reported on what it was like to be an employee of Kanye during the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. With a confidentiality agreement that threatens a $10 million lawsuit for even discussing what went on during the super secret prep, it seems the crew is really getting the short end of the stick.
One crew member ignored the confidentiality agreement and talked about her experience with Harper’s Bazaar. Not even a fan of Kanye, the insider divulged her reason for showing up as part of the controversial rapper’s crew all hinged on the $100 per day that was paid for being an extra. It turns out that there is something contagious about the excitement of doing such a huge show that even she got caught up in the moment, nevermind all the controversy surrounding Kanye’s lyrics or the fact that only he (and maybe Kim Kardashian) thinks he is the greatest of all time.
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Kanye’s fashion show was a pretty big deal. Even he said it was a dream come true to unveil Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden, not to mention that the huge fashion show also doubled as the unveiling of his new album, The Life of Pablo. Nearly everyone from his family was there, including Kim Kardashian and their daughter, North West. Kanye posed for a family photo that included Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, Kris Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Kanye’s even was about as star-studded as it could possibly get.
Being part of the crew would be exciting for any celeb watcher, but it certainly came with a price. The setup for Kanye’s show was insanely secretive, and extras for the show were bused to New Jersey to set up. Extras in the show had no choice in what to wear, and in some cases, it wasn’t much at all. Even in the frigid February temperatures, models were given tiny knit shorts and bodysuits that did nothing to protect them from the weather. It turns out that Kanye’s vision for the stage full of brown-skinned extras wearing muted colors was that they were Rwandan refugees. That doesn’t exactly sound glamorous, but none of Kanye’s fashion shows have been about glitz and glamor, so this is not shocking. At least, Kanye’s clothes seemed more wearable this time around than in seasons past.
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Basically, working for Kanye West turned out to be as non-glamourous as it gets. Extras were not told what to expect or what would happen before or during the show. They were given very few breaks and were fed minimally with a fruit snack offering and soggy Subway sandwiches for lunch. The model extras had their belongings taken away from them, including their purses, phones, and cameras, all the way down to their accessories like bracelets and earrings. Everything was confiscated, and extras were told that no one would take responsibility if their things were lost or stolen.
Despite all the excitement surrounding Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show and the unveiling of his new The Life of Pablo album, it seems that no efforts were made to make his crew comfortable. Apparently, that measly $100 a day standard pay for extras was supposed to take care of that. Or maybe it was the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the self-proclaimed greatest. Some may have shown up to the gig, hoping for some great stories to tell about Kanye and his popular reality TV family, only to be hit with the paperwork forcing silence with the threat of a lawsuit that nearly no one involved in that fashion show could afford to pay anyway.
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It seems that all that paperwork was a waste of time anyway. The only real notable news we’ve heard about Kanye’s fashion show is that Lamar Odom may have walked in it. As for the rest of the Kardashians, Jenners, and Wests, they were there. Kanye posed with Kim Kardashian and her extended family for a big family photo that even included Lamar Odom and Caitlyn Jenner. As for family drama, though, there really didn’t seem to be anything out of the norm. Maybe we haven’t heard any wild stories because of Kanye’s threat to sue for at least $10 million, or maybe nothing exciting happened outside of West’s reignited feud with Taylor Swift over song lyrics that he swears she approved ahead of time.
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