Kanye West is well known for his exacting standards, which is why it shouldn’t surprise you that he expects the same from his employees. So it was no great surprise when, back in February at the Yeezy Season 3 fashion launch, this list of rules for the models leaked online.
But what about those who work even more closely with the rapper? Last weekend, Steve Stanulis, who claims he worked as Kanye’s bodyguard for two weeks before being fired, spoke to The Sun about his own experiences. Here, according to the 42-year old former cop’s statements, are the rules of working as Kanye’s security.
Do wear black
There’s a strict all-black dress code in place on Kanye’s staff, so be sure to dress right. “Patterns distract him,” says Stanulis, who says he saw one newbie wearing red trainers sacked on the spot.
Don’t ask ‘Which floor?’ in the lift
You might think this a necessity in order to get where you’re going, but you’d be wrong. Mr West expects his staff to call ahead for the correct floor destination.
Don’t expect an apology
“Kanye never, ever apologises,” says Stanulis. Pretty straightforward.
Don’t talk to Kim
According to Stanulis, West’s superstar wife Kim Kardashian “is very nice”. But she’s also the reason he got the sack, he alleges. Fiercely protective of his superstar wife, West banned Stanulis from talking to her. When he caught them in the hall together it was curtains for the 42-year old security worker.
Don’t touch Kanye
Kanye 101 – never put your hands on the boss. Stanulis says, “There was a new security guard… and he touched Kanye’s shoulder while guiding him through paparazzi into his car. Even though the bodyguard was just doing his job Kanye turned around and snapped, ‘Don’t you ever touch me’.” Two days later, the man was let go.
Don’t get in the paparazzi shots
Want a bit of love from the paps? Forget it. If Kanye spots your mug behind his in any press photos he gets very cross indeed. “He absolutely adores the attention,” says his former-employee.
Don’t talk to anyone when he’s around
There’s no time for idle chit chat when Ye’s around. He’s got Grammys to win and albums to release (and then take down). Once, Stanulis watched as West walked past two of his staff chatting, he “turned and demanded, ‘Can you two not talk when I walk by you’.”
Do expect to chase him around town
Kanye’s sudden outburst and frequent tantrums make him a hard man to keep track of. “I was on my way into work,” recounts Stanulis, “and I got a call to say Kanye had stormed out of the studio after yet another row with someone, and asking could I go and find him.”
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He adds, “I discovered him walking down the side of a busy highway and went to pick him up.” All in a day’s work!
Don’t expect to last very long
When Stanulis showed up on his first day he was told: “Don’t expect to last long. He goes through a lot of guys and some don’t even last the first hour’”. So if you want job security, this might not be the right post for you.