Yikes, Yeezus! Kanye West dissed legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz during a presentation at the Lions Creativity Conference in Cannes on Tuesday June 17. His reason? West claimed Leibovitz canceled her appearance as a wedding photographer for his wedding Kim Kardashian because she was “afraid”.
“Let me tell you about the kiss photo my girl took,” West said (via the New York Post). Referring to Kardashian’s Instagram picture of the newlyweds kissing after being pronounced husband and wife, the 37-year-old rapper said it “pissed my girl up on her honeymoon”. He explained, “She was exhausted from working so much on the photo because Annie Leibovitz moved out right before the wedding.”
West suggested that the world famous Shutterbug was “afraid of the idea of celebrity”.
Addressing the crowd in a seminar titled “Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape,” the rapper revealed how the couple still wanted the images to “look like Annie Leibovitz.”
Vogue-based photographer Leibovitz, 64, is revered for her use of bold colors and light in beautiful, provocative portraits. The just married couple spent four days editing the image during their honeymoon in Ireland to achieve their style. “We sat there and worked on this photo for about four days because the flowers weren’t colored,” West continued.
“And the fact that the # 1 most popular photo has an aesthetic of sorts has been an asset to the mission that extends the palette,” he added. (Kimye’s wedding photo on Kardashian’s Instagram set a record for the most popular post of all time on the social media platform, with more than 2 million likes.) “It’s been a long time … why did Annie Leibovitz retire the day before the wedding “” See all the stars in Kim and Kanye’s wedding cabin photos here.
Leibovitz shot the couple for the April 2014 cover of Vogue. Shortly after its release, Leibovitz joined Twitter and updated her account twice: once to share her “first official tweet” and the second to do her “cover shoot for @VogueMagazine, #AnnaWintour with @KanyeWest & @KimKardashian” publish.