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Fans Slam ‘Socially Inept’ Kanye West for Exclusively Casting ‘Multiracial’ Women in Fashion Show

Kanye West (GOOD Music)

Kanye West (GOOD Music)

 

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.

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/772166483023687680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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.

https://twitter.com/zephaniiiah/status/772223193373372416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

@such_A_frknlady hilariously shared a photo of self-described trans-racial Rachel Dolezal arriving for the casting call.

Meanwhile, Bri Malandro wondered if participants needed to bring proof of their ancestry.

@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.

@queensiahb wondered if she qualified for having parentage like Beyoncé.

https://twitter.com/queensiahb/status/772184424830144512

While @MJStarLover provided West with a mini education on what multiracial women can truly look like.

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.

https://twitter.com/lunargoons/status/772798547989188608

Ten Toes Down said the “fake outrage” was too much.

https://twitter.com/xlostnfound/status/772551720731758593

And Negrito called out West for making “the lighter [women] move to the back” in previous shows.

https://twitter.com/Bigpapibeez/status/772176477597134848

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