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A Complete Guide to Kanye West Smiling in the Front Row
By now, it’s common knowledge that musician, designer,Bill Cosbysupporter,Wiz Khalifahater,Taylor Swiftpot-stirrer, and self-proclaimed geniusKanye Westis a very—pause—passionate guy. Leather kilts, notorious rants, presidential aspirations, stream-of-consciousness fashion interviews, reports that he spent the duration of his honeymoon editing Instagram photos—these are all par for the Yeezy course, so when you take yourself that seriously, there’s one thing you don’t do much of, and that’s smile.
That’s not to say the man’s never genuinely happy, but he seemingly works hard to craft a public persona that doesn’t include being particularly jolly about anything (hence that glorious viral video that shows him cracking up at a basketball game—until he spots the camera).
But it seems there’s one place where looking squinty and serious doesn’t always fly, and that place is Kanye’s second home—front row at Fashion Week.
Here, 29 times Yeezy’s been—gasp!—caught grinning in the FROW, from present-day Balmain shows to 2006, when his choice in fashion shows weren’t nearly as discerning as they are now.
"Bahahaha, I can't wait until I'm not sleeping with a gorgeous supermodel anymore and transform a reality star with a sex tape into the world's most famous woman!"
"Miroslava is my STYLE ICON. And Perminova is just fly."
Madison Square Garden this year; next year THE MOON.
"No, I love it, bae; but it's looking mad brassy, yo."
"Nah, brah, I editallher Instagrams before they go live!"
"Lily, your brows are DOPE."
In 2006, Kanye West still went to the Vera Wang show—nowthat'sfunny.
"Coco Rocha is the BEST. Model. Of. ALL. Time."
"'High School Musical' 4 lyfe."
"It's called the Met Gala, and it's this really cool event everyone goes to."
"No, I totally believe you, Terry."
"OMGOMGOMG I'm sitting next to Katy Perry OMG."
"Y'all are my two favorite boy-band dudes, for real."
"They say to dress outside your comfort zone, but I'm not sure these leg warmers arereallyme."
Free cake at Lanvin!
"Give me two years, and I could make you the most famous woman n the world, too."
Beaming at his strong accessory game at Louis Vuitton in 2011
"Yo, Karl. Kim and I were talking, and we think you should change those interlockingCs to interlockingKs and start calling the brand Khanel. Fresh, right?!”
"My grill hurts."
"Hallelujah! Rashida just told me what happened on 'Parks and Rec' last night."
"I'll definitely be with Amber Rose forever...."
"...Or at least until this Alexandre Herchcovitch show is over."
"I knew red was the right call."
"Between me and Jay, whose outfit you like best?"
Beaming like the engaged couple they were in 2006. Wait,
Even in 2007, Yeezy had a thing for coordinating his outfits with his girlfriends.
"Imma close my eyes and think about how Imma run for president in 2020."
In 2008, he let his girlfriend attend the Chloé show in neon plastic necklaces.
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