We’ve all witnessed Kanye West at the peak of his verbal attacks towards celebrities such as his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian. But a bullying campaign against a Vogue director is definitely one we did not see coming.
The recent drama between global fashion editor, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, and rap star, Kanye West is escalating. Vogue has voiced its stance in support of the fashion editor; who they claim to be a personal targeted of West.
“Vogue stands with Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, our global fashion editor at large and longtime contributor. She was personally targeted and bullied. It is unacceptable,” the magazine shares in an Instagram post.
“Now more than ever, voices like hers are needed and in a private meeting with Ye today she once again spoke her truth in a way she felt best, on her terms.”
Low Blows and Bullying
The attacks began following the editor’s disapproval of West’s “White Lives Matter” shirts (of which the public response has been highly critical). He responded by mocking Karefa-Johnson’s personal style choices.
Posting a photo of Karefa-Johnson on his Instagram, where she is fashioning brown boots, a striped knit skirt, a yellow graphic T-shirt and a corduroy trench coat. Accessorised with a blue Balenciaga bag, she also wears large shades and a statement necklace.
West goes on to caption, “this is not a fashion person.” Since deleted, the rapper also adds to the post prior, saying, “you speak on Ye Ima speak on you Ask Trevor Noah,” he says – referencing his feud with the late-night host.
However, West didn’t stop there. His bullying continues in another post, commenting on the editor’s outfit once again, “I KNOOOOOW ANNA HAAAATES THESE BOOTS,” making reference to Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour.
After West came for the supermodel Instagram comment, blasting the musician.
And after West came for Karefa-Johnson, it wasn’t just Vogue who was on her side. World-renowned supermodel, Gigi Hadid, also shared her thoughts.
“You wish u had a percentage of her intellect. You have no idea haha…If there’s actually a point to any of your s–t she might be the only person that could save u,” Hadid, 27, wrote under a post that West shared on Instagram.
Debuting during his recent Yeezy fashion show at Paris Fashion Week, West’s “White Lives Matter” t-shirts stimulated a lot of backlash. However, after Karefa-Johnson took to social media, negatively commenting on his choice of design, “I’m fuming… collecting my thoughts …,” denouncing West’s “indefensible behavior”.
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