Kanye West: Why I Don’t Smile In Photos

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Kanye West Smile

By Daniel Gates

Kanye West Smile

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Kanye West has explained why he doesn’t smile in photos. The rapper and Renaissance man revealed the reason while speaking this week at the Fashion Los Angeles Awards. His line of thinking may surprise you.

He explained, “Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything. I looked at all these people’s photos, and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling.”

“People, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile,” continued West. “When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling because it just wouldn’t look as cool.” There you have it. Kanye West does not smile in pictures because portraits hanging in castles show cool-looking people not smiling.

Last month, West’s wife Kim Kardashian captioned a picture of herself smiling at a Christmas party, “See I do smile… even laugh on occasion. Not too often though because it causes wrinkles.” So that’s why she doesn’t smile. With their joint limited-smiling policies, West and Kardashian seem like a good match! Do you avoid smiling in pictures, too?

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