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Kanye West calls out fashion industry in scathing interview

Published 16/09/2016

Kanye West
Kanye West

Kanye West "refuses" people who write him off as a rich kid taking fashion as a hobby.

Kanye West feels like Disney character Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph when it comes to his fashion career.

The rapper-turned-fashion guru isn’t having the smoothest ride when it comes to his style endeavours at the moment, with his recent Yeezy Season 4 fashion show at New York Fashion Week mired by stories of a model fainting from the sweltering heat and an hour delay to the start of the presentation.

But during a chat with W magazine, conducted before the runway show, Kanye took the opportunity to call out the fashion industry.

“So you know when Penelope (Vanellope) puts together her car? And she's like, 'Made it myself,' and everybody that has professional cars, they say, 'Look at you with your little car and you're going to do this,' and then they break her car, right?" he asked in the new Royals issue. "That's basically the fashion world to me.

"You know I would basically take every dime I had, and I would get overcharged by employees. I would get always looked at like I didn't really have a clue about what I was doing and what I wanted to say."

He goes on to compare his situation to Will Smith movie The Pursuit of Happyness, animated film Despicable Me and Christmas flick Elf, explaining all he wants to do is create things for the world to enjoy.

Kanye also blasted his critics who don’t think he takes fashion seriously, and the people who couldn’t relate to his tweet earlier this year (16) claiming he was $53 million (£40 million) in debt.

“It's not for you to relate to that... the people who know what the f**k I'm talking about know what the f**k I'm talking about. I refuse people who write me off as some rich kid taking a hobby, fashion as a f**king hobby or a fashion plate."

He adds that he feels as though no one in fashion is on his side, and reminds people he has an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, which he received last year (15).

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