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Kenya West angers the entire fashion industry

He angered the fashion world and the whole internet at the fashion show

By Egg LemmonPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
Kenya West angers the entire fashion industry
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He is keeping the controversy alive as the black designer and rapper, formerly known as Kenya West, angered the fashion world, and the entire Internet, with his Breezy fashion show in Paris on Monday.

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Kenya debuted his Breezy Season 9 collection during Paris Fashion Week on Oct. 3. At the show, the rapper was joined by several of his models wearing T-shirts with "White Lives Matter" printed on them.

"White Lives Matter" (white lives are also lives or white lives are expensive), a white supremacist phrase that originated in early 2015 as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement (black lives are also lives or black lives are expensive).

In addition to "White Lives Matter" on the back of the T-shirt, the front features Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II.

He said the T-shirt says it all, everyone knew the Black Lives Matter movement was a hoax and now it's over, no thanks! Protests against his actions continue even though many people find them offensive.

After Kenya West took to social media to criticize Vogue editor Gabriela-Fare Johnson, the fashion magazine issued a statement condemning his actions. Vogue wrote, standing with our global fashion editor-in-chief and longtime contributor Gabriela Fare-Johnson, "who has been personally targeted and bullied. This is unacceptable."

Gabriela and Kenya spoke after his Breezy fashion show, where he wore a "White Lives Matter expensive" T-shirt, a move Gabriela later called "irresponsible."

Gabriela described Kenya's message as "incredibly irresponsible and dangerous" on her social media accounts, prompting Kenya to post edited photos on her Instagram and captions targeting her appearance.

Kenya's actions angered some members of the fashion industry, including Digi Ha, who called Kenya "a villain and a joke" in a show of support to Gabriela." I hope you have a part of her intelligence," the supermodel wrote under one of his posts." If any of your stuff makes sense. She may be the only one who can save you. As if the 'honor' of being invited to your show is supposed to keep people from commenting? Stupid lack."

On top of that, Kan ye West launched another attack on LVIV CEO Bernard Barnaul.

Ye, who has been accusing Barnaul, declared him "my number one competitor" at Monday's show.

Barnaul leads the LVIV group, the world's largest luxury goods company, and is ranked by Forbes as the second richest man in the world with a fortune of $153.8 billion, of which he received $9.1 billion on Tuesday alone.

But Ye's feud, which so far appears to have been one-sided, moved on Tuesday to Instagram, where he made a series of controversial claims. Lviv did not respond publicly to Ye's statement, and its spokesman did not immediately respond.

Virgil Abloom, one of fashion's most popular designers and the first black man to serve as artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear, died last year at age 41 from a rare form of cancer. both Abloom and Ye had interned at Wendi, another LVI company, in 2009. Barnaul backed Abloom, however, and in 2021, when LVI raised its stake in the designer's Off-White brand, the billionaire said he was "delighted" to expand the partnership.

Kenya West responded to her comments by posting a series of photos of the editor on Instagram that critically mocked her style.

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However, several stars came out in support of Gabriela Fare-Johnson.

Digi Ha called Kenya "a bully and a joke." Digi wrote in the comments section, "You wish you had a piece of her intellect. As if the 'honor' of being invited to your show should keep people from commenting? Dumb ass. You're a villain and a joke."

Digi called the style editor "one of the most important voices in our industry." Gabriela, who was recently honored on a list of 500 people who shape the global fashion industry, "could have been helpful in more ways than one to that shameful person."

Vogue also condemned Kenya West's behavior. In an Oct. 4 statement, the magazine wrote: "Vogue stands with Gabriela Fare-Johnson, our global fashion editor-in-chief, and longtime contributor. Their bullying of her is unacceptable. Now more than ever, voices like hers are needed. In a private meeting with Kenya today, she once again spoke her truth on her terms, in the way she thought best.

Haley Bier showed her support for Gabriela Fare-Johnson, Haley shared a few words of support for the fashion writer, writing on Instagram on October 4: "I have profound respect for you my friend, to know you is to adore you, it's an honor to work with you, the kindest, most talented, funniest and chicest".

At his latest show, held during Paris Fashion Week, Kenya told attendees that his new collection was the beginning of a "new frontier." It's a situation that's beyond control," he said." It's God's dream, and without God's help, this dream couldn't have come true."

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