This Is Why Kanye West Refuses to Smile for Photos

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Kanye West’s frown has been a running inside joke within Hollywood for quite some time now. But according to the rapper, there’s a good reason why he never flashes his pearly whites.

Is it because showing your teeth is a sign a weakness? Is it because it causes wrinkles? Is it because his $220 toothbrush broke and he’s since forgotten about his dental hygiene?

Apparently not.

During his appearance at The Daily Front Row’s inaugural Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Sunset Tower Hotel this week, Yeezy finally explained why he seems to be in a constant state of displeasure. The reason? HISTORY.

“Back when I was working on Yeezus, I saw this book from the 1800s and it was velvet-covered with brass and everything,” he told the crowd during an eight-minute speech. “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.”

And there you have it.

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