By now, no one will argue against the idea that Kanye West is one of the most influential people in the fashion industry. Considering the backlash to his Trump comments this morning, he’s also one of the most influential people in any industry, period. But let’s take a look at just how long he has been working to get where he’s at now in the fashion world. Perhaps his fame and success are part of the reason he isn’t focused on talking about and fighting racism as much as he used to be.
His shoes fly off the shelves, pretty much every major fashion media outlet obsessively covers his fashion shows, and his stamp of approval on any designer is bound to make that label hot in the streets. But in spite of Kanye’s successes, it seems that the fashion establishment, and some die-hards are reluctant to give him the kind of adulation he believes he deserves. In spite of the pushback –- both from the rapper and his detractors -– Kanye has managed to build up relevance in the fashion industry against it all. And he’s spent nearly his entire time working his way though the ranks fighting to be able to realize his full creative potential.
Let’s see how Kanye has fought over the years to become the fashion influence he’s always wanted to be.