What happened between Kanye West and the Vogue journalist?

Kanye West during his stay in Paris, arriving at the Givenchy fashion show. (October 2, 2022). Getty

The Yeezy brand creator caused controversy after his Parisian fashion show, taking aim at Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who was outraged by the slogan “White Lives Matter” plastered on her brand’s T-shirts.

A new scandal joins Kanye West’s list. After the surprise parade of his Yeezy brand on October 3, the 45-year-old rapper violently attacked the journalist and stylist of fashion Gabriella Karefa-Johnson on her Instagram account. During Paris Fashion Week, she presented her new Yeezy Season 9 collection as a designer, her first since 2020. The show, announced the day before, he had 50 guests, including the American publisher. On the podium, a t-shirt she’s glued to White Lives Matter” (white lives matter), a direct reference to the white nationalist protest movement in the United States, shocks Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, known for her commitment to the black cause.

Anok Yai and Gabriella Karefa-Johnson at the Off-White Spring/Summer 2023 show, wearing the outfit that Kanye West mocked. (Paris, September 29, 2022). Abaca

“There is no art here”

Very committed to civil rights and the first black woman to orchestrate a cover for the magazine. fashion, who introduces herself as the magazine’s global editor expressed her dismay on Instagram. First at the time of the parade, with a video of a model wearing the shirt, then sharing screenshots of a conversation with her friend. The journalist explains her disagreement with the creator: “He tries to illustrate a dystopian world where whiteness could be extinguished, or at least be in enough danger to require a defense”, before adding that this behavior is “offensive, violent and dangerous ” and thatthere is no art through that.” After this reaction, the founder of Yeezy started a guerrilla war on his social networks.

During their parade, Kanye West and Candace Owens, a political columnist close to Donald Trump, wear the “White Lives Matter” T-shirt. (Paris, published October 3, 2022). Instagram screenshot/@realcandaceowens

fashion justice

First, Kanye West publishes a series of photographs of the young woman, in which he criticizes her way of dressing. He says “Anna Wintour hates her boots” and decrees the editor’s illegitimacy: “You’re not a fashion person.”. A few hours later, the rant is deleted. The only relic on his profile: a screenshot of messages from stylist Mowalola Ogunlesi, with whom the 45-year-old producer has collaborated in the past. She explains that she shouldn’t insult the journalist but start a conversation.

It does not take more in the realm of fashion to take the rapper on the go. In a comment left below Kanye West’s post, model Gigi Hadid comes to Gabriella Karefa-Johnson’s defense in a comment that concludes with “you’re a bully and a joke.” She is followed by Hailey Bieber, the magazine team. fashion that he considered “unacceptable” the comments of Ye and other members of the fashion industry, who also show their support through multiple posts.

Kanye West has since spoken out again, announcing that a peaceful reunion with “his sister”, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, had been organized on October 4. For her part, the publisher published thanks for this wave of support. A visibly subdued controversy, what does the creator’s error point out too much?

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