Kanye West Wears 'White Lives Matter' T-Shirt Design at YZY Season 9 Presentation

The artist formerly known as Kanye West wore a t-shirt with the phrase "White Lives Matter" emblazoned across the back during the Paris event.

kanye decided to wear a white lives matter shirt

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kanye decided to wear a white lives matter shirt

The artist formerly known as Kanye West wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “White Lives Matter” on the back while addressing attendees at his YZY SZN 9 presentation in Paris on Monday.

Ye, who was also wearing his pair of previously-headlined diamond-studded flip-flops, was spotted in the shirt early into the livestream experience. At the time of this writing, a detailed look at the full design of the t-shirt in question had not been disclosed, although the front does feature a Pope John Paul II photo collage. Several models in the presentation were also seen wearing variations of the same design.

kanye west in a white lives matter shirt pic.twitter.com/GxfwsDYVDD

— arkangel 👼 (@itsarkangel) October 3, 2022

“White Lives Matter” #YZYSZN9. The Pope is on the front. pic.twitter.com/kVJRqeOUhV

— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) October 3, 2022

Candace Owens was also in attendance and wearing a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt.

Kanye wearing matching White Lives Matter shirts with Candace Owens

This picture is insane ☠️ pic.twitter.com/hJG0xtFmXA

— Kurrco (@Kurrco) October 3, 2022

During his opening remarks on Monday, Ye touched on a variety of topics, including how certain outlets focused on the delayed start time of his prior events when such delays were (in Ye’s words) merely a side effect of trying to “present the best idea.”

As for the “White Lives Matter” design, the phrase itself, of course, is often associated with various far-right ideologies and frequently used (as is “All Lives Matter,” et al.) among fervent Trump supporters. In the past, Ye has expressed support for Trump and related assertions.

Ahead of Monday’s YZY SZN 9 unveiling, Ye made his runway debut as part of Balenciaga’s Summer 23 show, the mud-covered set for which Demna described in show notes as being “a metaphor for digging for truth and being down to earth.”

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