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As you might have noticed, Kanye West rarely smiles, especially not when he’s having his picture taken. In fact, both he and Kim Kardashian have made it their signature move to appear stony faced when coming up against the paparazzi. Up until now the exact reasons for this have been unclear. However, at a recent fashion event in Los Angeles, the superstar rapper finally revealed why he keeps his chops so serious….

“Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything.

I looked at all these people’s photos, and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling.

People, you know the paparazzi, always come up to me, ‘Why you not smiling?’ and I think, not smiling makes me smile. When you see paintings in an old castle, people are not smiling because it just wouldn’t look as cool.”


And all this time we thought he just really hated cameras. Listen to his new track with Rihanna and Paul McCartney here.

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