Fans React To Report Kanye West Plans To Use Homeless Models At Upcoming Fashion Show

Fans React To Kanye West Using Homeless Models At Fashion Show

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  • Kanye West is reportedly seeking out homeless people to work as models in an upcoming fashion show
  • The news that the rapper-turned-designer is gearing up for a collaboration with Skid Row Fashion Week generated plenty of reactions from fans
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It’s been almost seven years since Kanye West unveiled his first collection of clothing after teaming up with Adidas for what was dubbed “Yeezy Season 1,” which debuted with a splash at a star-studded New York Fashion Week show.

The initial line featured a variety of rugged and oversized items, which ranged in price from a $405 thermal shirt to a $3,250 jacket. His foray into fashion was met with skepticism by plenty of people, but the rapper who first turned heads by pairing Gucci backpacks with pink Ralph Lauren polos in an era when his contemporaries favored baggy jeans and laughably large basketball jerseys would soon go on to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the space.

West has since made a fortune thanks to the success of the Yeezy brand and largely silenced the many critics who argued no one would want to shell out as much as many people happily have for clothes that were frequently compared to something you’d expect a homeless person to wear.

Now, it looks like things have come full circle, as TMZ reports people who belong to that particular group will be rocking West’s newest collection at a fashion show.

According to the outlet, West is collaborating with Skid Row Fashion Week with the hopes of contributing to the fashion label’s admirable mission by donating proceeds from a new line to help Los Angeles’ homeless population and allowing some of the unhoused workers with jobs at the factory where the clothes are produced to rock them at an upcoming event.

Say what you will about West, but it’s hard to hate on him for this move (from a creative angle, it’s not entirely far-fetched to make the argument this could also be viewed as a commentary on the traditionally exclusive nature of high fashion—an industry that West was able to infiltrate alongside legendary designer Virgil Abloh, who passed away last year after a meteoric rise that led to him being named the first Black creative director in the history of Louis Vitton).

With that said, the news inspired a mix of reactions—including a number of obligatory references to Zoolander (which drew its inspiration for Derelicte from an actual clothing line).

Based on Kanye’s history, there’s a chance this could be an absolute disaster that manages to backfire disastrously, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.