After making his mark in the music industry, Kanye West seems to be under a lot of pressure as he tries to get the same recognition in the fashion industry.
After the Yeezy Season 2 collection was launched in New York Fashion Week a few weeks ago, West said he felt like he was being discriminated against in the fashion circle just because he is straight man.
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“I feel like I got discriminated in fashion for not being gay,” West said during a live interview with fashion-oriented website SHOWStudio. “In music, you definitely get discriminated in music if you are gay. It takes amazing talent to break down barriers,” West added.
However, fashion critic Cathy Horyn, thinks that West’s Yeezy collection is not being discriminated against because of his sexual orientation but because of the actual clothes. “This second round of drab, broken-down basics proved he can’t be taken seriously as a designer; but nevertheless many people in fashion do seem to take West seriously, they keep showing up expectantly for his performances, and that makes them fools,” Horyn wrote in her blog. That is after Horyn saw West’s designs, which she described as the same thing that West had shown before, hoodies, baggy pants, and beige undergarments that looked like Spanx.
West seemed to have forgotten that there are a lot of straight guys who have made their names in the fashion industry, and that their sexuality didn’t get in the way of their success.
Some of these designers include Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, Yohji Yamamoto, and Tommy Hilfiger to name a few.
West adds that he doesn’t have anything against gays, since he talked about how supportive he was of Caitlyn Jenner and even encouraged Kim Kardashian to accept her transgender stepdad.
“Then it was like, ‘F**k what people say. F**k what people think. I feel proud to be in a family that has so many people breaking ground for generations to come. I’m still getting acquainted to what’s politically correct [to say],” West said in the same interview.