Kanye Says He’s The Eminem Of Fashion

“You don’t think ‘white rapper.’ You just think Eminem. You don’t think celebrity designer, straight designer, black designer.”

February 15, 2015

In between making a surprise appearance at a Drake concert, handing out new pairs of Yeezys to fans, and sitting front row for Alexander Wang's show, Kanye West found time to give a new interview this weekend. West gave Complex his thoughts on Ackermann, Galliano and Hood By Air ("Shayne is energy"), as well as elaborating on what it meant to him to return to the runway with his first Adidas collaboration this week.

On breaking boundaries in the industry and his own position within it, West says: "I feel like I'm Eminem, you know? You don't think 'white rapper.' You just think Eminem. You don't think celebrity designer, straight designer, black designer, all these types of things that kind of held me back conceptually in being accepted as a designer. You just think of those words...I'm just happy that I was able to apply the mentality and passion that brought the College Dropout into existence. Now, I may finally have enough of a point of view and understanding to apply and create. Enough of a vision to make. There's so many far more talented designers but I just have a perspective and a heart. And I'm gonna give all the heart and perspective that I can."

West also spoke about how spending the last two years with "alpha females" and becoming a dad has taught him to be better at "respecting women," as well as making him want to respect pretty much everyone: "You know those photos that you see with me getting on my knees in front of the paparazzi to fix Kim's pant leg? That's what I want to do for the world. I want to get on my knees and fix everyone's pant leg, if they'll have me."

Lead photo credit: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images

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Kanye Says He’s The Eminem Of Fashion