Kanye spoke out for the first time on Tuesday (June 17) at the Cannes Lions’ International Festival of Creativity’s “Technology, Culture and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape” panel, about his fairytale wedding and the story behind their now famous kiss.
But that picture-perfect moment didn’t go exactly as planned: Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, who shot their Vogue cover, “pulled out right before the wedding.”
“Because Annie pulled out, I was like, ’OK, I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz and we sat there and worked on that photo for, like, four days because the flowers were off-color,” Kanye said before later adding that he believed Leibovitz backed out because she was “scared of the idea of celebrity.”
Kanye admitted that the amount of time put in to making the photo perfect “was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon,” but since she is an important fixture on social media, Kanye felt he had to do it.
“Can you imagine telling someone who wants to just Instagram a photo, who’s the No. 1 person on Instagram, ’We need to work on the color of the flower wall,’ or the idea that it’s a Givenchy dress, and it’s not about the name Givenchy, it’s about the talent that is Riccardo Tisci — and how important Kim is to the Internet.”
He continued, “And the fact the No. 1 most-liked photo [on Instagram] has a kind of aesthetic was a win for what the mission is, which is raising the palette.”