On the latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim invited Kanye and his stylist to makeover her entire closet. “Kanye’s inspired me to be a little bit more of an individual,” said Kim, as she allowed him to sell off most of her wardrobe for charity and restock with West-approved items only.
This Kardashian episode isn’t the first time that Kanye’s made style decisions for Kim. Since they began dating, her outfits have skewed towards the minimalist and conservative (relatively speaking) paired with tight updos befitting Duchess Catherine. The two were even spotted wearing the same red Alexander McQueen dress.
Did Kim need help in the style department? Maybe.
But it certainly wasn’t because her look was lacking individuality. Whether we like it or not, Kim Kardashian has a pretty recognizable image: long blowout, sultry eye makeup, tight dresses, cleavage, big booty. So why has she, a woman that has cultivated an empire out of her looks, allowed her bf to invade the holiest of women’s spaces: the closet? Because he’s a fashion designer and has an excellent sense of style, Kim might say. Excuse us while we titter into our handkerchiefs. This is the guy that sent a flashy rose-hued sweatsuit down his spring 2012 runway. He has approximately zero right to mock Kim’s shearling handbags, as tacky as they may be.
In all likelihood, Kim has fallen into the trap that presents itself at the start of all relationships: the drive to conform to a partner’s ideals. The symptoms: A woman (or man) shapes her tastes in music, movies and books to match those of her partner and starts to crave his opinion on everything from clothing to diet to deodorant. Essentially, it’s the death of individuality. Guess you can’t believe everything you hear on reality TV.
But that’s just one opinion. How much control do you think your boyfriend should have when it comes to your personal style — whether it be your haircut, the lipstick you wear, or the shape of your clothes? Should a new boyfriend be allowed to style your look?
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