Kanye West hosted a casting call for his Yeezy Season 4 runway and only welcomed “multiracial” women.
The fashion designer posted the notice on his Facebook page Sept. 3 and held the meeting yesterday in New York City’s Jack Studios.
The notice starkly contrasts the women in his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show in February. According to Fashionista, it showcased an array of skin tones in supermodel Naomi Campbell, Ethiopian cover girl Liya Kebede and South Sudanese British model/designer Alek Wek.
Because of that, fans soon began to wonder why he only sought the exclusive group of women, which he noted needed to arrive makeup-free.
@zephaniiiah admitted his fandom but called the MC “socially inept.” He also called out the favoritism for light skinned women.
@such_A_frknlady hilariously shared a photo of self-described trans-racial Rachel Dolezal arriving for the casting call.
"yes, i am here for the kanye west casting call, the one asking for multiracial women" pic.twitter.com/oA0DY7h6bI
— bitchipedia (@such_A_frknlady) September 3, 2016
Meanwhile, Bri Malandro wondered if participants needed to bring proof of their ancestry.
do they need to bring their https://t.co/ZJLx6HlVaq dna results to the call or…..
— Bri (@BriMalandro) September 3, 2016
@mcbc pointed out how questionable the call was after West prominently featured musician Teyana Taylor in his “Fade” music video at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards.
— mcbc (@mcbc) September 3, 2016
@queensiahb wondered if she qualified for having parentage like Beyoncé.
While @MJStarLover provided West with a mini education on what multiracial women can truly look like.
gonna have his people check the DNA of all dark skin models when they come in. His color struck ass is gonna be so surprised. Lol
— becca (@MJFinesseLover) September 3, 2016
Perhaps one reason for the surprise stems from West’s remarks on “race mixing” in the past. In the Dec. 2006 issue of Essence, he referred to multiracial women as “mutts.”
“If it wasn’t for race mixing there’d be no video girls. Me and most of our friends like mutts a lot. Yeah, in the hood they call ‘em mutts,” he explained.
Still, some had no issue with the notice.
Ten Toes Down said the “fake outrage” was too much.
And Negrito called out West for making “the lighter [women] move to the back” in previous shows.