Vanessa Beecroft Defends Kanye Against Accusations of Model Cruelty

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Frequent Kanye collaborator and performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, who is known for treating her models harshly, spoke out about Wednesday’s grueling Yeezy Season 4 fashion show, claiming that any discomfort suffered by the show’s performers was actually “emotional stress.”

“That’s a production issue not related to me,” claimed Beecroft, who was not at the show. “I’m not sure why some people fainted yesterday, but in my case, when it has happened in my performances, it was the level of emotional stress. … It wasn’t physical. There was food and water. The situation is so intense and people are looking at you and you are standing.”

“Yesterday, I don’t know if it was because they were overwhelmed,” Beecroft went on. “I’m not sure … I was bothered yesterday in a sense that I’m sorry for what’s happening, but at the same time, I wouldn’t know how to prevent it if it was emotional.”

According to Beecroft, the long delay in beginning the show — and any subsequent distress it may have caused its viewers and participants — was all part of Kanye’s master plan.

“Everyone was in a state of meditation,” she told “Page Six.” “The long wait before, I believe it was planned because [West] wanted the audience to get into this state of having to observe and having to stay.”

Kanye has a tendency to dismiss the press when it doesn’t conform to his narrative (quoth Mr. West: “The media crucify me like they did Christ”), and Beecroft has a similar outlook.

“I learned recently that press is really cruel and not representative of the actual truth,” she stated.