Most photos of Kanye West show him stone-faced, appearing pissed off or unhappy.
But rapper insists has a strange explanation for not smiling.
He said he takes his inspiration from a history book he found in a Parisian flea market.
“Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” the rapper said while presenting an award to Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi.
West stated, “I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile. When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.”
The outspoken rapper attended the event without his wife Kim Kardashian, and went on to give a speech, saying that he believes fashion is God’s work.
Kanye said, “In my opinion, God is the number one creator, and anytime we create, we’re an extension of doing his work on earth. That’s why we’re here. What can we do for humanity? And you know, in a way, fashion is what defines the time.
“Everyone has some form of fashion every single day. We have the power to change the world. I believe that through design, because design is the closest to truth, problem solving truth is the closest to love, and love is the closest thing to God, and God is love.”
He added, “Everyone is a fashion insider. It’s illegal to be naked.”
After eight minutes of speaking, the rapper concluded by stating, “I don’t know if I even made one f***ing good point”.
What do you think of Kanye’s decision not to smile to “look cool”?
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