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Kanye West sparks controversy with ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt at Paris Fashion Week | Kanye West

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It was billed as a surprise fashion show, but landed as a bigger surprise than expected. A ‘secret’ Kanye West show at Paris Fashion Week included a t-shirt with the slogan ‘White Lives Matter’.

The shirt, which featured a photo of Pope John Paul II on the front, was worn by models on the catwalk and by Ye, as West prefers to be known, as well as right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who was a guest at the show.

Before the Yeezy Season 9 show started, Ye told the audience, “Everyone here knows that I am the leader…you can’t handle me. It is an unmanageable situation. »

He then discussed his ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s flight to Paris in 2016, his former manager Scooter Braun and his recent falling out with Gap. Naomi Campbell modeled in the show but she did not wear the controversial T-shirt. The rapper’s daughter, North West, led a children’s choir that performed at the event.

The Anti-Defamation League classifies the phrase White Lives Matter, which reframes the phrase Black Lives Matter used to protest brutality, as a statement of hate.

Ye has made problematic claims about race before. In 2018, he said 400 years of slavery in the United States “felt like a choice”, although he later attempted to backtrack on that comment.

The show marked Ye’s return to high fashion after his collaborations with Gap and Adidas came to an abrupt end. In September, Ye broke off a two-year partnership with Gap, saying the store failed to meet the terms of the contract.

He has since criticized the $200 price tags Gap put on the T-shirts. In the same month, Ye announced his plans to break up with Adidas, saying “it’s time for me to go it alone.”

Kanye West and Naomi Campbell in London in September. Photography: David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Burberry

In 2016, a previous Yeezy show in New York was criticized after models had to stand for long periods without shade or water. The show, held at the Roosevelt Island lot, was two hours late and a model passed out before it was over.

This was Ye’s fourth fashion show in Paris, where he made his fashion designer debut in 2011. His fashion career began in 2008, when he interned at Fendi ; the following year, he attended Paris Fashion Week for the first time.

Ye told Vogue Business: “Paris is the high cathedral of fashion. If I’m doing music, rap, I’ll put on my hoodie and take an Uber and go to Future. Day after day. What if we worked on the clothes? Paris.”