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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kg on

YOU ARE THE WORST, KANYE

Sarah on

Yep, that is what will save all that is wrong with the world. Expenive fashion that only the 1% can afford. Thy are really great people-spending all their money on themselves while there are starving/dying children in the world. You seem really intelligent Kanyne. Oh and the editors of people magazine and other media outlets that keep giving them more money to blow and teach future generations that money, sex, and plastic surgery are “number 1″

Guest on

Read Melissa B’s excerpt on Narcissitic Personalty. It the truth.

lizzy on

she pulled out because she did not want to work with these people. these two must be paying people to put all their stores on this web sight? these two need to go away.

Carriebeth Morrison on

Omg. Those two are delusional. She has no talent, is famous for being famous. And he is a narcissistic moron. They both married the right people.

ckr5009 on

And he did this while on their honeymoon… Ridiculous! Even though I do love that picture lol

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Christine on

Tool

Connie on

Note to Kim and Kanye: Kim “is not important to the internet”! I believe “the internet is important to Kim” would be the correct statement. Please stop publicizing the narcissistic, superficial life of this miserable family.

Mary on

The whole Kardashian/Jenner is pathetic, I feel sorry for Bruce, and glad he got out and hopes he never goes back to pimp momma.

Amelia on

Kim’s importance to the internet? You’re delusional. Also, you’re not that great an editor.

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