Kanye West Reveals Why He Doesn’t Smile In Photos
He often scowls when photographed in public.
But Kanye West insists that his typically glum appearance is a tribute to the ‘cool’ expressions seen during the late 19th-century.
The 37-year-old revealed on Thursday at The Daily Front Row’s inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Sunset Tower Hotel that he refuses to smile for the camera, despite being happy, after taking inspiration from a history book he found in a Parisian flea market.
‘Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,’ the Gold Digger rapper said while presenting an award to Milk Studios founder Mazdack Rassi.
‘I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and people, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, “Why you not smiling?” and I think, not smiling makes me smile.
‘When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.’
Fair enough, but why is everyone always on this man to smile anyway? How many dudes do you REALLY see say cheese for the camera — famous or not?