Kanye West once snapped at a photographer who asked him to pose like Elvis Presley.
Kanye West snaps on photographer after she told him to “pose like Elvis”
“Elvis stole!” 😳👀 pic.twitter.com/3nTastc3jw
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- In a previously unseen video, that surfaced on social media this week, Kanye West was filmed berating acclaimed Korean-German photographer Heji Shin when she gave him advice on posing for a photoshoot in 2018.
- The photoshoot, took place in a studio in Los Angeles, while Kanye was still married to Kim Kardashian.
- In the video, the New York-based photographer holds up a reference photo of Elvis Presley and asks Kanye to stand like the singer so she can get the right look for the images.
- However, Kanye immediately snaps back at Heji for trying to instruct him to pose like Elvis. He shouts at the photographer: “I don’t want nothing that look like Elvis — he stole!”
- Kanye’s comments seem to be related to the long-standing claims that Elvis’ music was heavily influenced by little-known Black artists in the same era. Some music critics have suggested that Elvis owes much of his success to Black music culture of the period.
- Kanye berated the photographer further: “I’m talking to fake Elvis right now. Give me an African pose… I’m Ye posing like f*cking Elvis?’ However, Kanye soon relaxes and smiles for Heji.
- In a feature with Interview magazine in 2019, Heji spoke about how Kanye refused to pose for him during their photoshoot. But the photographer said he understood the rapper’s reluctance to pose
- Heji told Interview magazine: ‘This was exactly the challenge Kanye and I had. He’s very aware of this dynamic between making images and being made into an image, and he felt uncomfortable being directed. I could identify with him. For instance, he told me he wouldn’t do poses. He would only look straight ahead into the camera.”
But: Kanye’s reluctance to pose like Elvis may seem strange when the rapper once said he wanted to be Elvis at the American Music Awards in 2008.