Since meeting Kanye West in 2012, Kim Kardashian has undergone a drastic fashion transformation. It all started with an iconic moment when Kanye threw out all of Kim’s clothes in an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kim cried as her multicolored bandaged dresses, glittery accessories, and leopard-printed pumps got thrown out and replaced with Kanye’s high-fashion, all-neutral aesthetic. Since then, Kanye has had executive control over Kim’s “rebranding.” Recently, the 37-year-old said Kanye sent her a long email telling her to stop wearing large sunglasses because they weren’t trendy anymore.
“[Kanye] sent me a whole email like, ‘You cannot wear big glasses anymore. It’s all about tiny little glasses,'” she said during an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. “He sent me, like, millions of ’90s photos with tiny little glasses like this.” Yes, it’s true that small sunnies that barely cover your damn eyes are in again (sigh), but the whole authoritative nature of this “email” just rubs me the wrong way. Kim has also said in the past that Kanye not only tells her what to wear, he also makes her change her outfit if he doesn’t like it and watches her try on clothes for hours. She even admitted that she dresses for her husband “way more than for myself.”
In the end, Kanye’s efforts to change his wife have sort of worked. Suddenly Kim’s no longer some L.A. reality star and now she’s getting invites to Paris Fashion Week and appearing on the cover of Vogue. She even credits her hubby for transforming her for the better and says she’s now “mortified” by how she used to dress. Uh, you mean like this?
Sure, pre-Kanye Kim did dress like a generic L.A. reality star, but her fashion was far from bad considering the time period. (I mean, did anyone look good in the early 2000s?). And besides, how can you say bondage dresses and color are worse than this Kanye-approved floral monstrosity?
I know what you’re probably thinking, “If Kim is OK with it, then what’s the big deal?” And she has come to his defense more than once. “To my fans, they saw this new guy come in and clean out my closet and they thought that was a sign of him being controlling,” she told LOVE magazine back in 2015. “But it wasn’t that at all. He made me love fashion so much more. Because now I want to find pieces that you can’t find everywhere. I almost want vintage now whereas I didn’t like vintage before.”
I half-agree with this because, let’s be honest, you can’t deny that Kim’s makeover has increased her star power, made her more of a style icon, and transformed her into a true A-lister. But I guess my problem is just how bossy Kanye comes across. He doesn’t seem to suggest changes but demands them. He doesn’t offer opinions but enforces rules. Kim isn’t some Stepford wife, she’s a self-made billionaire who was already obnoxiously famous way before Kanye two-stepped into her life with those annoying shudder shades. If anything, it makes me sad that Kim feels so at the mercy of her husband’s opinion, taking it as law instead of combining their tastes and making something more collaborative. Whatever Kanye says, Kanye gets.
If Kanye can let this happen, can he really be trusted?
“I was obsessed with glitter, rhinestone heels and the kind of clothes I now laugh at, and he threw them all out,” Kim told LOVE about her pre-Kanye makeover. “I said, ‘Well I’m going to save them for my daughter one day.’ And he said, ‘Well if it’s going to be our daughter, she’s never going to wear those!'” Poor North. Denying a little girl her right to wear glittery sandals and multicolored hairbands should be a crime!
I admit that it’s nice that Kim and Kanye can bond over their mutual love of fashion, but on Kanye’s side, his involvement seems to be all about Kim’s looks, as if she’s some glamorous accessory that he can design to his taste. I mean, they have actual life-sized dolls for that, Kanye. And Kim, sweetheart, if you want to continue wearing those large sunglasses, do whatever you want to do. Because like those ridiculous see-through thigh boots, your husband clearly isn’t the arbiter of good taste.