After anticipation had reached fever pitch, Kanye West’s latest runway show was overshadowed with claims of misogyny, underpaid models and a swipe at Taylor Swift.
Kanye Angers The King
Actress Jamie King and model Gigi Hadid have hit out at Kanye, claiming the rapper was out of order and crossed the line. The girls were in the audience for the gig at Madison Square Garden, where Ye unveiled tracks from his upcoming release The Life of Pablo and debuted his latest collection. But Jamie was taken aback by one new tune, titled Famous, because it featured an attack on Taylor, who is godmother to Jaime’s son, Leo. The offending lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still [make love]/Why, I made that b***h famous”, prompted King to delete a video she had posted from the event on Instagram, and she tweeted: “I’m so sad right now and disappointed. I stand by my sister. Always.”
These Foes Ain’t Loyal
King wasn’t the only member of Taylor’s inner circle who attended West’s fashion show. Model du jour Gigi Hadid was also upset by the lyrics. She tweeted: “My attendance somewhere does not mean I agree with everything being said in the music playing there. My friends know of my loyalty.” Meanwhile, Kanye has insisted Swift came up with the idea for the provocative lyric, stating: “I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her. I’m not even gon’ take credit for the idea. It’s actually something Taylor came up with.” A rep for Taylor insists the rap star has completely got his facts wrong, revealing the Shake It Off singer had cautioned him about releasing a song with such “a strong misogynistic message”, and added that, “Taylor Swift was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that b***h famous’.”
Another surprise at the show was the appearance of Naomi Campbell walking the catwalk. Yeezy roped the supermodel into making a cameo and made sure she stood out from her counterparts by dressing her in an all-black ensemble. A host of stars was also in attendance at the show, which started 45 minutes late, including Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith, American Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Kanye’s close pals Jay Z and 50 Cent.
It isn’t just his lyrics that Kanye had to defend, as his publicist fired back at accusations the models he used were not paid. In a lengthy post on Instagram, a user known only by the name of Kur-ents, who claims to have taken part in the show, alleged many of the models were working for free, with some even wearing clothes from retailer American Apparel. “Kanye financed 1,200 young black adults into working as extras for free to a sold-out white crowd that was screaming ‘all day n***a’. We didn’t find out we weren’t getting paid until six am.” Kanye’s camp has fired back at the claims, telling TMZ.com that all the models were fed, paid and dressed in the rapper’s fashion line for the show. A source explained that because of the large number of participants in the presentation, some were in vintage clothes that were dyed and were paid a rate of $10 an hour.