A Case for Kanye West and his Love for Kim Kardashian

November 12, 2013 • Culture

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It’s been less than one month since Kanye West proposed to his baby momma Kim Kardashian. Naturally because of the parties involved, what should have been a special moment on a jumbo screen between two people (and her entire clan and Jaden Smith) ended in an aftermath of uproar.

Months ago, talk show host and gossip queen Wendy Williams predicted that Kanye would never in a million years marry Kim, and if he did she vowed to eat crow live on the air. Now that the two are engaged she’s sticking to her promise and will chow down on crow “as long as it’s cooked by somebody who knows what they’re doing like Wolfgang Puck or Bobby Flay or somebody,” Wendy told her audience. Last week an anonymous Beyonce fan began a petition on Change.org urging fellow fans to sign as a plea to Beyonce to not attend Kimye’s wedding.

Joke or not, people’s distaste for this soon-to-be marriage is ridiculous, and that’s been the case since they first began dating.  But why so much upheaval? Yes, Kim has been married twice before, and yes, Kanye is slightly nuts (in the most awesome way possible), but that hardly calls for such turbulence. These two brand empires have had a solid kinship way before the birth of their daughter. In actuality this relationship has done wonders for both of them. Egomaniacs deserve love too. Their relationship is more sturdy than your IKEA kitchen table, and we’ll prove it to you.

 

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Kanye On Dash

In 2010 the Kardashian sisters began filming Kourtney and Kim Take New York to document their East Coast shenanigans while they opened Dash, their fashion chain boutique in Soho. While Kim was in the preliminary stages of dating NBA basketball player Kris Humphries, Kanye visited the boutique to give his input (aka “blessing”) on the brand and overall look of the store. Which leads to exhibit 1: Kanye has supported Kim’s endeavors long before the two were an item. As much as Kanye is a recluse when it comes to projects not affiliated with his brand, he still came out (on camera), and that says a lot.

 

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Line By Line

On Kanye’s Cruel Summer, released in September of 2012, a track titled “Cold” mentioned Kim, and his feelings for her. “And I’ll admit, I had fell in love with Kim/ Around the same time she had fell in love with him/ Well that’s cool, baby girl, do ya thang/  Lucky I ain’t had Jay drop him from the team.” Exhibit 2: Whether Kanye asked Jay-Z to remove Kris Humphries from the team, or not (obviously he doesn’t have the authority)  the point is he clearly could have made a big stink about Kris but he didn’t because he cares for Kim. So much so that he literally states: “I fell in love with Kim.” He also (later) put her in the video:

 

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Kanye Vs. Vogue

It’s no secret that Vogue’s chief editrix Anna Wintour doesn’t care for Kim, and didn’t want her at the annual Met Gala, let alone on the cover of Vogue, but she does hold Kanye in high esteem. Although Kim has been wanting to attend the Met for a while, she never had an “in” until she began dating Kanye. This year, while visibly very pregnant, Kim finally attended the biggest fashion event in New York and got widely criticized for wearing a Riccardo Tisci floral gown with matching gloves. Vogue went so far as crowning Kanye one of their best dressed and straight-up cropped out Kim from the photo. Talk about no tactic.

Exhibit 3: Despite the overall harshness, Kanye took to the stage, while performing songs from his new album at the Met, and told his lady how “awesome” she is. “Don’t let nobody bring you down, you’re so awesome, you’re so awesome!” What a guy! Even Vogue darling, Coca Rocha loved the spontaneous shout-out tweeting: Kanye telling Kim not to worry what anyone says that she’s awesome. Quite touching really.” For Kanye to declare his affection for Kim, to such an A-list crowd, including Anna herself, is obviously a big F-U.

Most recently, Kanye spoke to Ryan Seacrest about how Kim has been shunned by Vogue saying: There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday …and collectively we’re the most influential with clothing. No one is looking at what [President] Obama is wearing. Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a [bikini] pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day…so it’s to say when we are there and [former editor-in-chief of French Vogue] Carine Roitfeld supports my girl, that’s a breakthrough … there’s a wall of classism that we are breaking through.”

That statement leads us to exhibit 4: Kanye loves Kim so much that he wants his beloved elite Vogue community to give Kim the chance to enter this different sphere, one that she can’t seem to penetrate because of this “classism.” For Christ sakes, he is taking on the first lady of the United States of America! In Kanye’s mind Kim’s style and awesomeness exceeds Michelle Obama. Is that delusion or is that love? Perhaps this is Kanye’s Tom Cruise-couch-jumping-moment, but there is some truth to what he saying. He wants people (albeit rich people) to see Kim as he sees her.

 

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Outerwear

It’s pretty evident that Kanye sees Kim as his ultimate muse. Wouldn’t you want to be the shining inspiration behind your lover’s creative work? Exactly! Exhibit 5: Kanye recently sported a  t-shirt with an image of an almost nude Kim during the kickoff of his world tour. This guy is giddy in love and isn’t afraid to show it. Sure, some of Kanye’s songs are crude and offensive, which is contradictory to his at-home persona, but if every artist behaved as their art depicted we’d be living in much crazier times. In fact, Kanye seemed to be in such a terrible mood before Kim entered his life. And now, the dude can’t stop smiling! He is giving her shout-outs left and right.

 

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All in the Family

One of the clear signs that Kimye is not a publicity stunt became apparent when the two mega entities moved in with her folks after she gave birth to their daughter (sorry Bruce). Despite having millions that could easily acquire a 24-hour staff that would adhere to their every need, they resorted to doing what anyone of us would do: ask family for help. True love doesn’t get any more real than that.

Although Kanye has made it clear he didn’t want to be on Keeping Up with the Kardashians because of the “backlash” he does state that because of his love for Kim, he does want to “help.” And indeed he did help by appearing on the now defunct Kris Jenner Show.

After much hoopla regarding the first images of their baby, Kanye went on the talk show and simply showed a picture of North. This brings us to exhibit 6 and 7: For Kanye to go on a talk show helmed by his future mother-in-law, which was failing in the ratings, and not even consider big wig talk show hosts like Oprah or Barbara Walters speaks volumes. Also the mere idea that Kanye is scaling back on his mega status as a performer by not selling a picture of his child, that surely Kim would have done had she not been with such a control freak is actually a really great thing. Kanye is ripping a page from Jay-Z and Beyonce’s book on how to do things right, especially when it comes to your offspring.

That brings us to our closing argument. Since Kimye made their relationship official (on the reality show of course) Kanye has made no qualms about wanting Kim to change her style.  To this we say: good for him! Since the dawn of time women have always wanted to change their men in one way or another. So why the double standard? A man giving his lady a couple of fashion pointers isn’t anti-feminism; it just means he has a better fashion sense.

A friend of ours recently rebutted my argument by saying: “this new style of hers isn’t the real Kim.” But who is the real Kim? Her entire persona has always been dictated by the Kardashian brand. Whoever is in charge of the enterprise is beyond us but it’s not one person. So if Kim is changing her look, changing her name, and changing her outlook in general, why is that such a terrible thing? It’s called growth, people are allowed to change and grow up and have new perspectives.

Today we see a Kim with less makeup, sometimes even no makeup (!), who is more private, and is more comfortable in her own skin. That’s all due to motherhood, and her supportive partner. Kanye is also transforming himself into a more laid back dude who only puts out a “God”-like persona when discussing his music, not when it concerns his new family.

Case closed!

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