Kanye West's 5 Craziest Quotes From His 'Vanity Fair' Interview

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Yeezus speaks: "Mark my words, like Mark Twain."

Since he announced at the VMAs that he’s running for president in 2020, Kanye West has been making more waves than normal, ticking off other designers at NYFW by stealing their slot so he could present the second season of his Yeezy collection. Immediately afterward, former Style.com editor-in-chief and new digital creative director of W Dirk Standen interviewed Kim Kardashian’s hubby for Vanity Fair, and the result was a long, interesting Q&A that, in true Yeezus form, contained some honest, some insightful and some outright-bizarre quotes. We combed the story to find the five best.

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On sweatshirts:
"I think sweatshirts are the way of the future. ... Sweatshirts are f—ing important. That might sound like the funniest quote ever. How can you say all this stuff about running for president in 2020 and then say sweatshirts are important? But they are. Just mark my words. Mark my words, like Mark Twain."

On feeling like an oversized elf:
"A lot of times I feel like Will Ferrell in the movie Elf. You know, this big guy that wants to [join in], and his hands are a little bit too big."

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On legendary artists making shoes:
"That creative process, it’s like being at the Super Bowl. ... I think if Michelangelo was alive or da Vinci was alive, there’s no way that they wouldn’t be working with shoes, as a part of what they work on. Definitely one of the things they’d work on would be shoes. I’ve gone three years without a phone. I don’t go a day without shoes."

On being the fashion industry’s adopted teenager:
"I think the entire fashion world, at a certain point, sort of looks at me and looks at my family as a child of theirs. Maybe not someone that completely grew up with them, but like an adopted child that came in, like a 17-year-old adoptee, you know (Laughs.) But still, nonetheless, like an adopted child."

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On making invisible clothes:
"That was one of the points for the collection today and one of the points I want to make in apparel, period. I want the clothes to almost go away, to almost be invisible, to be one with the personality. You know when you see people’s dogs look like them? I want people’s clothes to look like them."