Kanye West instructed, “Look to the homeless as the biggest inspiration for all design,” in an Instagram post last week.
Kanye West is facing backlash from fans who accuse him of using homeless people as fashion muses after it was revealed that the rapper is selling his latest Yeezy Gap collection using trash bags.
A New York-based Twitter user shared an image of merch haphazardly stuffed into large black garbage bags from a recent visit to a Gap store.
“This is how they are selling Yeezy GAP,” the user explained in the caption. “The sales associate said Ye got mad when he saw they had it on hangers and this is how he wanted it. They won’t help you find ur size too, you just have to just dig through everything.”
Kanye West Blasted For “Homeless Inspired” Yeezy Gap Collection
Another Twitter user offered an “unpopular opinion” as well as a suggestion for Kanye West. “Instead of Yeezys, buy “homeless inspired” clothing for $200… How about giving the money to the people this man is mocking and making bank on?
She then tagged Ye, adding, “clothing on display at the GAP. Sold in trash bags! Wow, dude.”
Kanye West was criticized earlier this week for failing to keep promises he made to the L.A. Mission homeless shelter. The charity responded after the rapper-turned-fashion mogul shared an Instagram post. “Look to the homeless as the greatest source of inspiration for all design,” Ye wrote.
According to TMZ L.A. Mission, Kanye West did not follow through on his promise to help the homeless find jobs and housing when he met with their leaders in November. Following the publication of the report, Troy Vaughn, President, and CEO of Los Angeles Mission provided extra context.
He claimed they “absolutely had collaborative discussions with Ye about improving the lives of the unhoused on Skid Row especially through design as he mentioned in his tweet.” Vaughn is “extremely optimistic that Ye will be an instrumental force in helping us launch The Skid Row Revitalization Project in the coming months.”