Kanye West’s choreographer explains his new video’s strange “catface” moment

Teyana Taylor stars in the video as a woman who blossoms into a "fierce lioness"

Kanye West‘s choreographer has explained the strange and striking “catface” moment at the end of the rapper’s ‘Fade’ video.

The video, which West premiered at the MTV VMAs on Sunday night (August 29), shows up-and-coming G.O.O.D. Music artist Teyana Taylor performing a Flashdance-style aerobic dance routine before morphing into a lioness.

Taylor is joined at the end of the video by a baby and her husband, professional basketball star Iman Shumpert.


“I think the vision behind that was how amazing Teyana is, and how she’s been on the rise, and how she’s working, and you are now seeing her blossom into this fierce lioness, this fierce cat,” the video’s choreographer Jae Blaze told Pitchfork.

“She has worked her way into that, and she’s in a great position right now in her life. She has her family. She’s being held down by her amazing husband. She has a beautiful daughter. You know, the lioness always protects her baby,” Blaze continued. “I think it really is about her coming into her fierceness. And that’s where she is in her life right now. She is blossoming.”

Meanwhile, Kanye West appeared to offer an olive branch to Taylor Swift on Twitter on the night of the VMAs.