Kanye West Offers His Definition of Success, Compares Himself to Will Ferrell's 'Elf'
Every Kanye West interview comes equipped with unique quotables, and his latest feature in W magazine is no exception. The publication's new cover star offered his unfiltered thoughts on earning respect in the fashion industry while managing to name-drop several movies he identifies with including the 2012 Disney flick Wreck-It Ralph, the 2010 animated flick Despicable Me and the 2006 drama Pursuit of Happyness.
"OK, so you know when Penelope puts together her car? And she's like, 'Made it myself,' and everybody that has professional cars, they say, 'Look at you with your little car and you're going to do this,' and then they break her car, right? That's basically the fashion world to me," the 39-year-old rapper-cum-designer explained, referencing Sarah Silverman's character in Wreck-It Ralph.
He also compared himself to Will Ferrell's character in the 2003 Christmas comedy Elf. "I'm the elf that's Will Ferrell, that's too big for his hands to make the toys," he said.
West, who recently debuted Yeezy Season 4 at New York's Roosevelt Island at the start of New York Fashion Week this month, also said he feels like a loner in the fashion world. "I wouldn't say that anyone in fashion is on my side. I don't think there's anyone on my side," he said. "I'm not saying I like that. I'm saying that to this date they do not understand who I am. They will not understand until after I'm gone. I am misunderstood and there is no one in fashion that's on my side."
The Steve Jobs loyalist, who once tweeted that he was $53 million in debt, also shared his definition of success (hint: it has nothing to do with money). "For me, money is not my definition of success. Inspiring people is a definition of success," he said. "Doing things to the maximum….You know what's my definition of success? Being able to be 39 years old, a black male, and articulate myself in this way and back it up. My definition of success is dropping a Charlie Sheen-level tweet and being like, 'I am in debt and f--- you.' Now what?"