Kanye West Responds to Fern Mallis on Twitter, Claims He “Had to Overcome” Fame, Bigotry

Kanye West and Fern Mallis
Kanye West responded to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis via Twitter after she said she was "not a fan" of the rapper: "I have encountered countless amounts of bigotry," he wrote. Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Paul Zimmerman/WireImage

Fashion facedown! On a mission to air his many grievances on Friday, Feb. 20, Kanye West tweeted out a response to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis, after she said she was "not a fan" of the rapper and his style.

He then reignited the topic of how fame has affected his foray into fashion.

In an interview with Style.com earlier this week, West, 37, revealed that he lost friends when he first started dating his superstar wife Kim Kardashian. "Soon as we started dating, fashion people were really opposed to the idea of reality stars," the rapper noted. "And all the relationships, the somewhat friends that I had somewhat built up, completely turned their backs on her and me. They already had their back to her, and now they turned it to me."

In his continued Twitter updates on Friday, West noted that criticism will not stop him from generating ideas.

West concluded his messages to Mallis by telling her to make a reservation to meet at The Spotted Pig, a downtown Manhattan gastropub where he dined with former enemy Taylor Swift earlier this week.

West made quite the splash on Friday after he gave a loaded one-hour interview to Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, discussing topics like Amber Rose, Beck, Kylie Jenner, and more. The My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy hitmaker showcased his latest collaboration with Adidas at New York Fashion Week last Thursday.

In his Style.com interview, West said he grasped that not everyone would be receptive to his designs. "This audience isn’t on my side, anyways," he said. "It’s the fashion audience. They’re not even on their own side… Fashion is merely an opinion. And I’ve got a lot of opinions."

Regardless, West explained that he has grown as a designer as he's become more self-aware as a creator since the birth of his daughter North, 20 months. "I didn’t know who I was until I had a daughter," he admitted. "And then I realized that the purpose of life was to protect her and my wife at all costs. And that is who I am."

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