Kanye West compares Kim K. to Michelle Obama
October 30th, 2013
04:17 PM ET

Kanye West compares Kim K. to Michelle Obama

Kim Kardashian could be considered the first lady of reality TV - or, OK fine, her momager Kris Jenner - but does that mean she's more influential than the First Lady of the United States?

To Kardashian's husband-to-be, Kanye West, the answer to that question is a simple yes when it comes to fashion. (To be fair, he's probably a little biased.)

In a broad interview with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Tuesday, West touched on a number of topics, including his frustration that his fiancée isn't recognized as a powerful presence by the high fashion world or Hollywood.

"There's no way Kim Kardashian shouldn't be on the cover of Vogue," West told Seacrest. "She's like the most intriguing woman right now. She's got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday ... and collectively, we're the most influential in clothing."

After all, he continued, "no one is looking at what [President] Obama is wearing. Michelle Obama can't Instagram a (bathing suit) pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day."

Well, technically, she could - and there would probably be just as much interest if she did. Does West not remember the breathless coverage of Mrs. O's bangs?

But it sounds like the rapper isn't really concerned with his future bride's power ranking, and more that Kardashian isn't getting what he believes is her due.

"The reason why I’m not able to create what I want to create is about being black and (it's) about classism. And that’s that wall when I took my girl to the Met Ball and they put it up on Vogue.com and tried to say she wasn’t there because they didn’t want a reality show girl there," West recalled. "Or like with the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they said we would never put a reality (star on it). But it’s not the walk of singing, or the walk of acting, it’s the Walk of Fame. And classism has been going on before racism. ... So when (the editor-in-chief of French Vogue) Carine Roitfeld supports my girl, that’s a breakthrough. There’s a wall of classism that we are breaking through.”

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