Rap superstar Kanye West is reinventing himself - he wants to be known as MARTIN LOUIS THE KING, JR. The Gold Digger star has long been a fan of designer Louis Vuitton, and now wants to incorporate his love of the French fashion house with a tribute to iconic U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
West debuted his red Louis Vuitton sneaker design earlier this month at Paris Fashion Week (22-28Jan09), and he admits the pride and emotion he felt when the models stepped out onto the catwalk in his sports shoes has prompted him to initiate a name change.
In a video posted on his blog after his runway debut, he says, "Oh, hey world. As you can see, I'm in Paris, chilling - due to the transactions (events) early this week, I have some very grim news.
"I know I've been called the Louis Vuitton Don... I've been called a lot of names... Due to what happened, when the red shoes hit the runway, I was forced to change my name to Martin Louis The King, Jr. Address me as such."