News: Kanye West Recruits Late Icon's Kin To Immortalize Kim K

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 2:40PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is proving his wife-to-be Kim Kardashian deserves only the best by reportedly seeking out late artist Andy Warhol's cousin to paint the reality superstar.

Details of the unexpected power move have started to scatter across the Internet this week.

The one thing that not even Kanye West can buy? A Warhol painting of his fiancee, Kim Kardashian. Turns out the rapper has figured out a way to accomplish just that, though. He's commissioned Andy Warhol's cousin Monica Warhol, an artist who lives and works in Tucson, Ariz., to paint Kardashian. "She's an icon. She's famous for nothing. Andy would have loved her," Monica told me. "Kim is beautiful. She's so manufactured. She looks like a human Barbie." Just as Andy did, Monica makes silk-screen works from photographs. "I never studied Andy. I never owned a book about him until about a year ago," she said. The mimicking of his style is not conscious. She loves screen-printing, she said, because it's "extremely physical." Unlike Andy, who delegated labor to a bunch of hired hands, Monica does all the work herself. (Page Six)

Although not as renowned as Andy, Monica Warhol has some credible work to her name including a painting of Miami rapper Flo Rida.

Monica, a mother of six, never met the Prince of Pop, who died in 1987 when she was 10 and growing up in Pittsburgh. "My grandfather and Andy's father were brothers. My Aunt Betty took me to the cemetery every week, where we'd pray over Andy's grave, because my aunt said he was pretty flaky and was probably in purgatory." Like Andy, she's found her niche in pop culture. Two portraits of the rapper Flo Rida that Monica made can be seen in the video for his song "How I Feel." She's painting a likeness of Lenny Kravitz, after meeting him in the Church Boutique in Los Angeles. She's also painted Richard and Robert Dupont, the twins who hung out at Warhol's Factory. But an artist's life is hard. "It would be easier to get cancer, because there might be a cure," Monica said. "When you are an artist, that's it. You can't change it." (Page Six)

When recently asked about his take on the paparazzi, Kanye ceased the moment to explain why Kim K's image shines brighter than supermodel Kate Upton's.

On Hollywood Icons: "I have a love-hate relationship with the paparazzi, but actually I love them because they are empowering us. They are empowering us over Vanity Fair that want to say that Kate Upton is Marilyn Monroe. Kate Upton ain't Marilyn Monroe, Kim is Marilyn Monroe." Kanye was referring to the Sports Illustrated model's most recent cover with the fashion magazine, where Upton channels the Hollywood icon for their 100th issue. (E! Online)

Last month, Kanye dished out his close-knit bond to the high-profile entertainer.

"She's a person that, when I was at my lowest moments, I could get on the phone with her and she would make me feel like I was here for a reason and I had something to say and just support me through that. It's incredible to have a woman like that that you know is not using you for money. I have to word it like that because once you become a multi-millionaire, there's a certain type of woman out there that go for that and they'll put on the whole act and everything." ("The Ellen DeGeneres Show")

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