Casting Call Controversy: Kanye West Clears Up What He Meant By "Multiracial Women Only"
Read that, plus the inspo behind YEEZY Season 4, his Drake collab and more.
Although Kanye is “not really here for controversy,” he often finds himself in the middle of it — the most recent case being his casting call for YEEZY Season 4. Look to HYPEBAE’s own comment section for proof.
An overwhelming amount of hopefuls made their way to Jack Studios after West tweeted his search for “multiracial women only,” and drama ensued. Now he’s clearing up exactly what he meant to Vogue just before the show takes place:
“The ten thousand people that showed up didn’t have a problem with it,” West said. But he insists the concept—which came out of discussions with his longtime collaborator Vanessa Beecroft, the Italian artist who helps to stage and choreograph his shows—was not intended to exclude anyone, least of all black women. “How do you word the idea that you want all variations of black?” West said. “How do you word that exactly?”
As for the apparel itself, Ye’s Calabasas home inspired the collection that’s also a reflection of the invisibility he wishes he had:
“I think it’s about embracing where me and my family live, where my kids are growing up, embracing the attitude and style of the Valley,” West said. To underscore the point, he intended the invitation for Season 4 to be accompanied by a pair of Adidas track pants, the famous three stripes interrupted by a single word: Calabasas.
“When people asked me, ‘if you could have a superpower, what would would it be?’ I said the ability to be invisible. And this was before I was famous,” he said. “Because there’s absolutely no way for me or my family to be invisible, I’ve put that longing for invisibility into the clothes.”
But West and his Kardashian crew won’t be out of the public eye anytime soon — everyone’s keeping a close watch on every move being made, and speculation is abundant. Take the billboard that popped up in Los Angeles, for example. Both his G.O.O.D. Music angel and Drake’s O.V.O. owl share the space because the two are most definitely working on an album, he reveals.
Kanye’s clothing lines are his first priority right now, however. Read what else he had to say about YEEZY Season 4, his future store openings with adidas and more over at Vogue.