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You will be hard pushed to find a photo of Kanye West smiling. Up until recently this was much a mystery.

However, whilst presenting an award at The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Los Angeles Awards to Creative Director of Milk Studios, Mazdack Rassi, Kanye West enlightened us all as to why he doesn’t smile in photos. And it’s all because of a book.

“Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” West said. “I looked at all these people’s photos and they look so real and their outfits were incredible and they weren’t smiling and 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 cause it just wouldn’t look as cool.”

In a nutshell, it’s all simply to look cool. Slightly less inspiring that we’d of hoped. But you cant fault the mans openness.

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