Kanye West Edited Wedding Kiss Photo for Four Days Because of 'How Important Kim Is to the Internet' (Plus: See Annie Leibovitz's Response to West's Claim She Dropped Out)

06/17/2014 at 05:09 PM ET

If you’re going to enlist Andrea Bocelli to sing at your wedding and hire Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci to design the flower girl attire, why wouldn’t you spring for one of the most famous wedding photographers in the world — like, say, Annie Leibovitz? That was one of the outstanding questions we had about the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West nuptials. But as it turns out, the newlywed Wests did have their Vogue cover photographer on tap for the big day. At least, so said West during a panel at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Monday.

Kim Kardashian Kanye West wedding photoCourtesy Kim Kardashian


“Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding. I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity,” West told the crowd, according to the New York Post. “Because Annie pulled out, I was like, ‘Okay, I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz,’ and we sat there and worked on that photo [above] for, like, four days because the flowers were off-color.”

RELATED: So much more on this couple’s love story, right here!

That was four days that the newlyweds were spending on their Ireland honeymoon — a fact that didn’t thrill West’s new bride. “Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up … this was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon, she was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much,” he said. “Can you imagine telling someone … who’s the No. 1 person on Instagram, ‘We need to work on the color of the flower wall,’ or the idea that it’s a Givenchy dress, and it’s not about the name Givenchy, it’s about the talent that is Riccardo Tisci — and how important Kim is to the Internet. And the fact the No. 1 most-liked photo [on Instagram] has a kind of aesthetic was a win for what the mission is, which is raising the palette.”

Other things that West is “raising the palette” on, according to the Post: interracial relationships (“It took two years of people not understanding an interracial relationship like [his with Kim]. You have to take the lashes and be able to swim in backlash”), brand partnerships (“I have to work with the No. 1. I can’t work with anyone but Jay Z, I can’t be with any girl but Kim … I am not going to represent any company except Louis Vuitton because that’s the best”) and the idea of good taste, in general (“I think bad taste is vulgar — it’s like cursing. I believe the world can be saved by design because what is the most vulgar thing someone could do? Kill someone, so good taste is the opposite of that”).

For her part, Leibovitz responded Thursday in a joint statement with West designed to clear up any misunderstanding about his Cannes comments. “Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way,” the statement read. “Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding … Annie Leibovitz – the legendary photographer responsible for Kim and Kanye’s recent Vogue cover – is not known to shoot weddings. But Kanye West dreams big. He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event.”

For more of West’s deep thoughts, check out the whole article here, and tell us: Are you surprised West edited his own wedding photos? What do you think of the end result?

–Alex Apatoff

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Summer on

Baaaahaahaha! This guy is crazy. Seriously, all jokes aside, this guy is definitely crazy. He really doesn’t understand that Annie Leibovitz is a true artist, unlike him.

Jenn on

Does anyone else feel sorry for the flowers for having to be in the picture with these two? And it must be nice to not have anything important to do (like caring for your daughter!) for 4 days that you can arrange this pic.

Lea on

His comment makes no sense. He is extremely vulgar and isn’t number one in anything other than sampling other songs, filling them with curse words, over-synthesizing them, and then releasing them as “art.” Kim and Kanye are the very definition of classless, tacky, and vulgar. It’s unreal how he can’t see that.

catercrab on

Well, I personally think Kanye should work just as hard on his communication skills, because they are lacking. At the same time, it must be said, that the Wedding Picture is lovely, elegant, and classic.

Blah on

I think they both need to get over themselves and I applaud her for pulling out!

Melissa B on

I looked up Narcissistic Personality disorder, here are a few tidbits. But you guys gotta check it out for yourselves it’s golden:

*Expects to be recognized as superior and special, without superior accomplishments (KIM ANYONE?)
*Expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement from others
*Envies others and believes others envy him/her
Is preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of great success, enormous attractiveness, power, intelligence
*Lacks the ability to empathize with the feelings or desires of others (Kanye – who thinks his opinion is above others & others opinions/feelings dont matter)
*Is arrogant in attitudes and behavior
*Has expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic

*Takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends(KIM ANYONE?), has trouble keeping healthy relationships with others, easily hurt or rejected, appears unemotional, and exaggerating special achievements and talents (KANYE), setting unrealistic goals for himself/herself.

*Narcissistic personality disorder is characterized by an over-inflated sense of self-importance, as well as dramatic, emotional behavior (KANYE & KIM)

Really all of the above fits them to a T!!

Guest on

I have a feeling he only says these outrageous things to get a rise out of people. That to him, it’s all one big joke.

Guest on

‘How Important Kim Is to the Internet’?

That’s the funniest and most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Jan on

Completely dillusional…both of them.

Emmy on

Holy Cow!! Shut up Kanye… Arrogant fool…

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