Simply Despicable
February 27, 2010

Kanye West just revamped his website to basically look like a fashion blog.  I have no idea what he is trying to do, but so far I do not like it.  While a lot of the images are cool and he highlights great fashion designers, but I still don’t understand how his music website is now a fashion blog.

My main issue with this blog is Kanye West’s “girlfriend,” Amber Rose mimicing my muse Grace Jones.  Grace Jones’s Island Life album cover is an iconic photograph by Jean-Paul Goude.  It can never be touched.

Many people are giving Amber props for this photo.  Perez Hilton gave her an “A for effort.”  But as a true Grace Jones fan, I do not approve.  I am willing to bet that Amber Rose has no idea about Grace Jones or this iconic photograph before Kanye dressed her up and took this picture.  Like I said in a previous post, Kanye has taken Amber as his muse to dress her up anyway he pleases.  This time he took it too far.  Kanye, this is not okay.  Amber is no Grace, and never will be.

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West vs. Warhol
April 27, 2009

I could be bugging, but I feel like Kanye has recently been attempting to embody the great pop artist Andy Warhol.

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Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick

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Kanye West and Amber Rose

This did not really occur to me until recently when I had a chance to watch the film Factory Girl. Factory Girl, staring Sienna Miller, is the story of Edie Sedgwick and her relationship with Andy Warhol.  For a great deal of the sixties, Sedgwick served as Andy’s right hand woman and muse. When they went out, Edie would often speak for Andy using ‘we.’ Although the world was aware of Andy’s sexuality, he constantly has Edie on his arm or running free in his factory.

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Now how does this relate to Mr. West? I am not completely sure, to be honest. But I am picking up a similar vibe from Kanye and his new girlfriend Amber Rose. She has become more than just a girlfriend or arm candy, she is his muse. He casts his image on her through her clothes and style. Before Kanye, she was just another girl posing half naked in a magazine. Kanye took her under his influence and made her a woman to watch.

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I can almost see Kanye in his sunglasses telling Amber to answer the paparazzi’s questions as he stands aloof and nonchalant like Andy and Edie. I don’t know if Kanye views himself as the Andy Warhol of pop/hip hop music, but I am getting that vibe. But one thing is for sure… Amber is NO Edie. What do you think?