Kanye West at the 2014 Cannes Lions on June 17 in Cannes, France.
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Even after his balls-out wedding weekend in France and Italy, it seems that Kanye West still can’t get enough of ye olde Europe. Today, he made a surprise appearance at the Cannes Lions Festival for the “Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape” seminar and talked about—you guessed it—all things tech and style. After dropping a few sentimental words for his idol Steve Jobs (“Steve Jobs, as everyone knows, was my biggest influence—just seeing the way he fought to make things easier for people. After he passed, I made it my life’s mission to do what he did inside of that company”), he mentioned how his first-ever Vogue cover also seriously (seriously!) impacted his life.
“I still take bashing from the ’Bound’ video, and I always say, but if the Vogue came out before the ’Bound’ video, everybody would’ve been like, “Oh, it’s OK,” and that’s with the endorsement. We hadn’t gotten the endorsement yet from something established like Vogue to make everything OK. It’s like, when we had the wedding, “Oh, great, yes, that’s cool now,” because we were told by people who endorsed it.”
Dang, dudes. We know that landing a Vogue cover is a HUGE deal, but for ’Ye it’s safe to say that it was absolutely life-changing. :’) Also, not to make this all about us or anything (which we totally are), but can we just say that we’re mega stoked he still holds magazines in such high regard (journalism isn’t dead yet, people!) AND that Anna Wintour had the power to single-handedly change Kanye West’s life forever. Boom. To hear an excerpt from Kanye’s Cannes Lions Festival speech, check out the video below (and skip to 1:30 if you wanna get straight to the good stuff!).
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