Kanye West takes a whole lot of heat for the way he dresses. I personally love his style, and admire him for being a rapper who can still rock Couture from Europe. No matter how arrogant, he is an example of a cultured independent thinker.
Recently during a sitdown interview with Sway, West talked candidly about certain people not understanding his eccentric fashion statements. Check it:
Sway: Kanye, you've become a fashion icon. But along with the accolades you get for setting trends, like you did with the "Stronger" glasses and even the 808s & Heartbreak heart pendants, some people really mock you because of the way you dress. If you look on the Internet, there are even some of your peers and fans that say you "dress gay." What does that mean to you?
West: Well, it's like when people say, "Give me a natural pose." You can't pose natural. If you're posing, then it's not natural no more. So it's statements that people say. "Dressing gay" you can't dress like ... Your dress don't give away whether or not you like a man. Think about actors that straight dress up like a woman or something like that. People wanna label me and throw that on me all the time, but I'm so secure with my manhood. And that's the reason why I can go to Paris, why I can have conversations with people who are blatantly gay.
'Cause I used to be scared to talk to a gay person. It's designers that's scared of people in hip-hop. And in hip hop, there's people — and let's not even say scared like homophobic — but they're scared of the way people gonna look at them. If you see a person be like, "I don't wanna stand next to Marc Jacobs 'cause I don't want that to bear on me because I'm just so cool." One of the reasons why, the perspective I come from with my raps and my songs, the reason why can't nobody dis me — no gangsta rapper, nobody can really dis me is 'cause it's so authentic.
Sway: Tell me about the now-infamous Paris Picture. (See Below)
West: I'm gonna tell you something about the Paris pic. They was like, some of the people dressed in the outfits, I didn't check out everybody's outfit that hopped in the picture with me — I can't be completely responsible. You go right into my outfit, my outfit is good. And see, like the [Fonzworth] Bentley video, "Everybody," there was people calling me before we dropped it, like "Man y'all shouldn't put that out with y'all dancing, man. People gonna say y'all gay!" And another thing is, people are so gay-conscious now. That's like the whole thing like with the Internet — every day [is like], "Oh I can tell he gay now!" But back in the day, people used to have songs like "Get In That A--" or something like that. Someone would never make a song like that [today] because they'd be like "Whoa! I can't make no song like that! People gonna call me gay!"
Sway: But that picture made so much noise. There was a lot of colors, right?
West: It was a lot of colors. Let me tell you another thing about ... I'm doing a blog right now where I've been collecting all of the freshest stuff that's rainbows — Denver Nuggets jerseys, BAPE shoes, Nikes with rainbows on 'em — and saying, "Man I think as straight men we need to take the rainbow back because it's fresh." It looks fresh. I just think that because stereotypically gay people got such good like style that they were smart enough to take a fresh-ass logo like the rainbow and say that it's gonna be theirs. But I was like "Man I think we need to have the rainbow" — the idea of colors , life and colors and stuff, I mean how is that a gay thing? Colors? Having a lot of colors is gay?
Sway: You once were quoted saying that you were inspired in fashion by how gay people dress.West: And you know what? That's when I was ignorant to gays. 'Cause there's a lot of gay people who don't dress good at all. There's a lot of gay people that I dress way better than.
Interview via mtv.com
Very interesting read, I was with him until the rainbow thing. Lol.
Anyway, What do you think of Kanye's Style - - Hot or Not?