Kanye West has been met with some resistance in the fashion world. But in a new interview with Lou Stoppard for SHOWStudio (broadcast live this morning), he said he never feels a shred of self-doubt. "Right now, the highest art form is actually fashion," he said. "With music, it's in question if a song is popular, if that person is really a good artist. In fashion, if someone's really popular it's agreed upon that they're an amazing artist."
In the two-hour interview, West talks about how racism and discrimination against his fame has created roadblocks in the fashion world, even with getting materials from suppliers. "I don't want anything that I don't deserve. I just want a chance to drink at the clear fountain," he said. "I just want a clean shot, a clean bat to swing at the ball with. And it's not [clean]." He mentioned that he felt discriminated against not just for being black, but also for not being gay.
West said his biggest contribution to the industry has been "taking away the bullying," and that he has to call himself a visionary and creative genius because otherwise, people would label him with derogatory words. "All of my aspirations are things that currently only 60-year-old white people do. So I have to redefine and let people know exactly who I am," he said. "And it's not letting them know by wearing a suit, or letting them know by wearing a Rolex, or letting them know by bragging about how much money a sponsorship made on top of a rap. It's letting them know by saying, let's start with this: I'm a creative genius. And it's proven and I will continue to prove it."
But he said this experience has been "like Harvard," since he dropped out of art school and has been seeking that education ever since. And he has something that his deniers will never have: the power of the Kardashians. "What we have is the highest level of communication that has ever happened in human existence," he said. "My wife! She's like MTV and NBC and all this combined. And then the entire family! And then you have me and my entire music family! So basically there is no ad you can put in any magazine that could somehow add up to any one of me or my friends or my family just walking on the street and getting photographed. That is the f*cking reality of 2015, people."
He also reflected on Caitlyn Jenner, his least favorite albums, and his future presidential run, though stayed mum on the name of him and Kim Kardashian's future son. Watch the full interview below:
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