Kanye cries with no squad supermodels
These aren’t tears of atonement. On Friday night, Kanye West dropped a surprise music video for Wolves, a personal fave from The Life of Pablo. The video is also Balmain’s 2016 Fall ad campaign and for the majority of the clip, Mr. and Mrs. West are weeping — like, really intense, comically flowing tears. At one point, Sia comes in and slays the day and still, everyone is miserable.
It’s a shameless plug for West family friend and Balmain creative director Oliver Rousteing but I’m not mad at it. It helps that the video is beautiful. The clip still reads like a true-to-form Kanye West music video. There are pretty clothes, pretty people, inexplicable tears and unnecessary vanity shots of his wife. Very Kanye. This time, however, no one is naked. I promise it’s safer for work than the Famous video.
Aside from Mr. and Mrs. West, the video stars Instagram celebs and supermodels Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kendall Jenner and some other models I didn’t recognize. According to Vogue, their names are Jon Kortajarena, Ysaunny Brito, Josephine Skriver, Chico Lachowski, Jordan Barrett, Ronald Epps, Sasha Luss, Riley Montana, and Dilone. OG supermodel Cindy Crawford also makes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance.
Here’s where it gets gossip-y for me. Noticeably missing from this list of models are any of the 1,235 models in Taylor Swift’s squad. Cara Delevingne starred in a Balmain campaign in 2014. In 2015, Balmain’s Fall campaign featured both Hadid sisters. Gigi and Kendall are friends. They’ve got a joint hashtag and everything. It would make sense for Gigi to be in this video. Some of the footage was apparently shot at this year’s Met Gala (The Wests are wearing the same outfits). Maybe Gigi couldn’t make the shoot because she was too busy making out with Zayn and his robot arms or maybe The Squad pulled rank. How would it look if Top Tier Squad Member Gigi Hadid was starring in a Kanye West video so soon after Gossip Christmas/ Receipts Week/ the Taylor Swift is Over Party?
Gigi and Kendall were photographed together in New York last week so it looks like Taylor still allows them to hang out but is Gigi allowed to go to Kendall’s family events? Do you think Gigi calls Taylor and asks for permission if Kendall wants to go shopping and bring one of her sisters? Does Taylor make all of her houseguests use coasters? The answer is “pretty f-cking likely” to all of the above.
Gigi, Cara and Kendall are this generation’s Naomi, Cindy and Claudia. Kanye’s obsession with supermodels is well documented in his music. Taylor’s obsession with supermodels is well documented on Instagram. It is quite possible that Kanye is really crying because he knows there a few of the most famous models on the planet that he will never have access to for his various artistic endeavors.
I know this post was supposed to be about Kanye’s new video and I made it about Taylor Swift. I know that Taylor would like to be excluded from the narrative but it’s never going to happen. Believe me, I would rather we don't have to talk about Taylor "professional victim" Swift when we talk about Kanye West and his musical genius but these two are linked forever and everyone knows it - including Balmain’s Oliver Rousteing. Tell me Oliver wasn’t throwing shade at Taylor when he said this to Vogue about his Wolves collaboration with Kanye. Keep in mind this was an interview about a fashion campaign.
“What I also love is that he actually says what he thinks and I love his strength because he is someone who is really honest.”
Honest. Of all the adjectives to describe Kanye West, Oliver chose “honest.” That is not a coincidence. Kanye’s honesty is sometimes his kryptonite. Taylor’s lack of honesty was the catalyst of her takedown. See? Linked, forever.
Attached - Kanye out in LA over the weekend.