West Hired Teen Stylist

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December 29, 2010 | 2:15pm EST

Kanye West hired an unexpected fashion guru to guide his style choices in 2010 – a 19-year-old college dropout named Cassius Clay.
Clay tells retail company Opening Ceremony the pop star complimented his style while shopping at New York retailer Barney’s during the summer.

The two went on to exchange e-mail addresses, and Clay put his art history studies at Yale University on hold to work for West, who is known for making outrageous statements with his wardrobe.

Describing his fashion sense, Clay says, “Comfort is indulgent and ultimately forgettable.”