Your chances of getting burned by the cigarette of a drunk person waiting to get into Up & Down has increased ten-fold -- it's New York Fashion Week! Kanye West is kicking off the nine-day Power Pageant this afternoon with his Yeezy Season 4 fashion show. Though the details of this fashion show have been scarce (as opposed to his hugely hyped
Life of Pablo Ye-travaganza at Madison Square Garden show in February), information started trickling out today.
West has been receiving backlash for Season 4's casting call, which was held in New York over the weekend and specified that only "multicultural women" need try out. A topless protester who showed up to the casting call with "they want black features, not black girls" scrawled across her chest, an image the circilated on Twitter for most of Monday and Tuesday,
posted an essay online yesterday on why she took a stand. "This is an indictment of not just Yeezy but the entire fashion and beauty industry in which there is a racialized hierarchy of beauty which is a ubiquitous symptom of the legacy of colonialism," she wrote. "Regardless of whether Yeezy does choose to include darkskinned women in the end, the coded language of the casting call was clear and a part of a broader problem of colorism in the fashion industry."
an interview with Vogue today, West addressed the controversy. "How do you word the idea that you want all variations of black?" he said, adding that "the ten thousand people that showed up didn't have a problem with it."
4:54: Do the models have to stay like this forever?