Kanye West Was The Person Behind The Kardashian Family Christmas Card
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.19.2013
But he was limited by budget...
Radar Online reports that Kanye West was in control of the Kardashian family's Christmas card which is why it turned out the way it did. However, it didn't work the way he wanted as the two photographers he asked for (Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino) turned it down. With the budget hampering West's "vision", David LaChapelle ultimately signed on.
A source said: "It turns out that Kanye was the puppet master behind the photo shoot, as he provided art direction, sketches, and costume and makeup ideas."
The card featured the family in a post-apocalyptic future and only focused on the women. Kanye and North West, his daughter with Kim, were left off completely. He didn't want Bruce Jenner on the card, but after Jenner reacted poorly, he was allowed to be a part of it. It cost $250,000, which was paid for by the Keeping Up With The Kardashians production company. The story of the shoot was a big part of the December 1 holiday special on E!
Leibovitz, who was in debt, wanted the job first.
The source added: "Annie tried to play hardball with Kanye over the money, but the production had to stick to their budget. Ultimately, Annie and Kanye fell out of negotiations. [Testino] laughed it off as a total nightmare assignment. But that happens to be David LaChapelle's specialty, so he wound up with the gig. David was, at best, the third choice and one dictated more by budget than Kanye's much-vaunted ‘vision'."